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Abstract

Lithium monitoring for patients with learning disability: the role of the general practitioner

Aims and method Communication of responsibility for lithium monitoring and the ? ow of information between primary and secondary care was assessed by postal questionnaire. Guidelines were then introduced and a re-audit carried out two years later.Results Initial audit showed that the doctor responsible for lithium monitoring was only identi Ž able in 59% of cases. The majority of general practitioners had received information about monitoring from the consultant prior to taking on the task. Following the introduction of guidelines re-audit showed a marked increase in identi-Ž cation of the responsible professional to 87.5% of cases. There was also a shift towards monitoring in primary care.Clinical implications Communication between primary and secondary care is vital and can be improved by guidelines.


Author(s):

Helen Sharrard



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