How appropriate is therapeutic drug monitoring for lithium? Data from the Belgian external quality assessment scheme.

Last updated on 22-8-2019 by Anonymous (niet gecontroleerd)

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BACKGROUND: Lithium remains a mainstay in the management of mood disorders. As with many psychotropic drugs, lithium treatment requires continuous observation for adverse effects and strict monitoring of serum concentrations. The present study aimed to assess the appropriateness of lithium assays used by Belgian laboratories, and to evaluate acceptability of their clinical interpretations.METHODS: Nine in-house serum samples spiked with predetermined concentrations of lithium were distributed to 114 participants in the Belgian external quality assessment scheme. Laboratories were requested …

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