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Monitoring lithium treatment: evaluation of current management

  • Anita Kotak (a1), Ann Elaine Arnold (a2) and Peter Frost (a2)
Abstract
Aims and method

A postal survey of 81 general practitioners (GPs) who were Involved in lithium monitoring was undertaken, to compare their views on lithium therapy with their monitoring practice, and with the practice of psychiatrists.

Results

Forty-seven replied (response rate 50.6%). There was considerable variation in GP knowledge of lithium therapy. GPs made fewer requests but wanted more information.

Clinical implications

Written reminders and information on lithium would be useful to GPs.

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Monitoring lithium treatment: evaluation of current management

  • Anita Kotak (a1), Ann Elaine Arnold (a2) and Peter Frost (a2)
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