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Table 2 Results of prior, published UK audits of lithium monitoring

From: Standards of lithium monitoring in mental health trusts in the UK

Study Number of patient
records audited
Mean age: years %
female
% with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder % meeting standard relating to monitoring lithium level % meeting standard relating to monitoring
renal function
% meeting
standard relating to monitoring thyroid function
Standards
used in audit
Current study 2,976 55 59 57 30
68
55
81
50
82
NICE
QOF
Kehoe & Mander
1992 9 (Edinburgh)
458 56 68 56 < 81 - - BNF
*Eagles et al 2000 11
(Aberdeen)
422
403
-
54
-
63
-
-
54
54
71
78
44
55
BNF
Ryman 1997 34
(Gateshead)
290 56 - - 69 67 47 BNF
Fielding et al 1999 10
(Southampton)
246 79 72 18 84 84 84 BNF
Head 1998) 23
(Cambridge)
148 65-87 76 56 36 74 80 BNF
+Farooqi et al 2002 13
(Leicestershire)
92
122
-
-
-
-
-
-
43
57
42
62
59
61
BNF
Glover & Lawley
2005 8 (Hull)
?50 - - - 52 66 64 BNF
  1. *Comparison of monitoring practice before and after the distribution of monitoring guidelines
  2. +Comparison of monitoring practice before and after the introduction of a local register