Focusing on the treatment acceptability of noninvasive brain stimulation
Letter to the Editor
School of Medical and Health Sciences
To the Editor: Over the years, research using noninvasive brain stimulation (NIBS) to enhance function in health and disease has increased from one study in 1989 to 331 in 2021 (PubMed search noninvasive brain stimulation in title/abstract). Outcomes in most clinical studies relate to clinical improvements or changes in functional outcomes. An often overlooked and understudied area of research in NIBS is treatment acceptability. Treatment acceptability is an important aspect to support intervention uptake and translation into practice. Treatment acceptability from the point of view of patients and health care professionals has been suggested to affect intervention implementation, uptake, adherence, intended outcomes, and overall effectiveness.