Autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) is a common developmental disorder in children. The latest non-intrusive brain stimulation (NIBS) technology—transcranial pulse stimulation (TPS)—has been proven effective in older adults with mild neurocognitive disorders and adults with major depressive disorder. Nonetheless, there is so far no robust randomized controlled trial (RCT) conducted on adolescents with ASD nationwide. This study proposes a two-armed (verum TPS group vs. sham TPS group), double-blinded, randomized, sham-controlled trial. Both groups will be measured at four timepoints, namely, baseline (T1), 2 weeks immediately after post-TPS intervention (T2), and at the 1-month (T3) and 3-month (T4) follow-ups. Thirty-four subjects, aged between 12 and 17, diagnosed with ASD will be recruited in this study. All subjects will be computerized randomised into the verum TPS group or the sham TPS group on a 1:1 ratio. All subjects will undertake functional MRI (fMRI) before and after the 2-weeks TPS interventions, which will be completed in 2 weeks’ time. This will be the first RCT evaluating the efficacy of TPS adolescents with ASD in Hong Kong. Clinical Trial Registration: ClinicalTrials.gov, identifier: NCT05408793. Copyright © 2022 by the authors.
|Journal||International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health|
|Early online date||24 Nov 2022|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 24 Nov 2022|
CitationCheung, T., Ho, Y. S., Fong, K. H., Lam, Y. T. J., Li, M. H., Tse, A. C.-Y., . . . Beisteiner, R. (2022). Evaluating the safety and efficacy of transcranial pulse stimulation on autism spectrum disorder: A double-blinded, randomized, sham-controlled trial protocol. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(23). Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph192315614
- Transcranial pulse stimulation
- Autism spectrum disorder