A checklist for assessing the methodological quality of studies using transcranial magnetic stimulation to study the motor system: an international consensus study

Chipchase, Lucy, Schabrun, Siobhan, Cohen, Leonardo, Hodges, Paul, Ridding, Michael, Rothwell, John, Taylor, Janet and Ziemann, Ulf (2012) A checklist for assessing the methodological quality of studies using transcranial magnetic stimulation to study the motor system: an international consensus study. Clinical Neurophysiology, 123 9: 1698-1704. doi:10.1016/j.clinph.2012.05.003

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Author Chipchase, Lucy
Schabrun, Siobhan
Cohen, Leonardo
Hodges, Paul
Ridding, Michael
Rothwell, John
Taylor, Janet
Ziemann, Ulf
Total Author Count Override 8
Title A checklist for assessing the methodological quality of studies using transcranial magnetic stimulation to study the motor system: an international consensus study
Journal name Clinical Neurophysiology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1388-2457
1872-8952
Publication date 2012-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.clinph.2012.05.003
Volume 123
Issue 9
Start page 1698
End page 1704
Total pages 7
Place of publication Shannon, Co. Clare Ireland
Publisher Elsevier Ireland
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract In the last decade transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) has been the subject of more than 20,000 original research articles. Despite this popularity, TMS responses are known to be highly variable and this variability can impact on interpretation of research findings. There are no guidelines regarding the factors that should be reported and/or controlled in TMS studies. This study aimed to develop a checklist to be recommended to evaluate the methodology and reporting of studies that use single or paired pulse TMS to study the motor system. A two round international web-based Delphi study was conducted. Panellists rated the importance of a number of subject, methodological and analytical factors to be reported and/or controlled in studies that use single or paired pulse TMS to study the motor system. Twenty-seven items for single pulse studies and 30 items for paired pulse studies were included in the final checklist. Eight items related to subjects (e.g. age, gender), 21 to methodology (e.g. coil type, stimulus intensity) and two to analysis (e.g. size of the unconditioned motor evoked potential). The checklist is recommended for inclusion when submitting manuscripts for publication to ensure transparency of reporting and could also be used to critically appraise previously published work. It is envisaged that factors could be added and deleted from the checklist on the basis of future research. Use of the TMS methodological checklist should improve the quality of data collection and reporting in TMS studies of the motor system.
Keyword Transcranial magnetic stimulation
Motor system
Consensus
Checklist
Reporting
Expert
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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