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Table 3 Effect of patient characteristics on monitoring quality (NICE standards)

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

   n(%) of all patients: n (%) of patients in each demographic or clinical group meeting NICE monitoring standards for:
    Lithium levels Renal function (Cr) Thyroid function Body weight
Sex Male 1270 (42.7%) 363 (28.6%) 703 (55.4%) 600 (47.2) 371 (29.2%)
  Female 1706 (57.3%) 539 (31.6%) 925 (54.2%) 876 (51.3%) 450 (26.4%)
Age < 65 2068 (69.5%) 587 (28.4%) 1060 (51.3%) 1000 (48.4%) 599 (29.0%)
  > 65 908 (30.5%) 315 (34.7%) 568 (62.6%) 476 (52.4%) 222 (24.4%)
Ethnicity White British 2356 (79.2%) 709 (35.1%) 1264 (53.7%) 1162 (49.3%) 650 (27.6%)
  Black British 79 (2.7%) 18 (22.8%) 45 (57.0%) 42 (53.2%) 31 (39.2%)
  Asian 118 (4%) 32 (27.1%) 70 (59.3%) 58 (49.2%) 43 (36.4%)
  Other 53 (1.8%) 13 (24.5%) 30 (56.6%) 30 (56.6%) 22 (41.5%)
  Not stated 370 (12.4%) 130 (35.1%) 219 (59.2%) 184 (49.7%) 75 (20.3%)
ICD code F20-29 326 (11%) 97 (29.8%) 182 (55.8%) 151(46.3%) 127 (39.0%)
  F30-39 2451 (82.4%) 753 (30.7%) 1349 (55.0%) 1245 (50.8%) 623 (25.4%)
  Other 137 (4.6%) 27 (19.7%) 59 (43.1%) 50 (36.5%) 62 (45.3%)
  Not known 62 (2.1%) 25 (40.3%) 38 (61.3%) 30 (48.4%) 9 (14.5%)
Care provider General adult service 2155 (72.4%) 621 (28.8%) 1141 (52.9%) 1081 (50.2%) 549 (25.5%)
  Older peoples service 568 (19.1%) 220 (38.7) 374 (65.8%) 309 (54.4%) 142 (25.0%)
  Forensic service 76 (2.6%) 36 (47.4%) 60 (78.9%) 43 (56.6%) 56 (73.7%)
  Learning disabilities 136 (4.6%) 22 (16.2%) 38 (27.9%) 34 (25.0%) 60 (44.1%)
  Other service 41 (1.4%) 3 (7.7%) 14 (35.8%) 9 (23.1%) 12 (30.8%)