Recommendation ID

NICE encourages further research into implanted vagus nerve stimulation for treatment-resistant depression, in the form of randomised controlled trials with a placebo or sham stimulation arm. Studies should report details of patient selection. Outcomes should include validated depression rating scales, patient-reported quality of life, time to onset of effect and duration of effect, and any changes in concurrent treatments.

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Comes from guidance
Implanted vagus nerve stimulation for treatment-resistant depression
Date issued
August 2020

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 01/08/2020