Using a semi-structured questionnaire, we surveyed the patients attending an out-patient affective disorders clinic, enquiring about their knowledge of their lithium therapy.
The response rate was 68%. In general, the level of knowledge relating to their own treatment was good, however we were able to identify particular areas of deficiency in their theoretical knowledge.
The only factor we could identify which had a significant effect on patients' level of knowledge was having received education on lithium in more than one form.
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