Module introduction

Learning outcomes


By the end of this module, we hope you will:


  • be able to identify clinical scenarios where lithium may be effective but where caution is needed, especially for women in the fertility age group 


  • recognise the need for regular blood monitoring, using the evidence base


  • have an understanding of the effects of lithium on the body and vice-versa


  • understand why there is a need to identify any concurrent medication being prescribed to patients on lithium


  • have an awareness of the recent National Patient Safety Agency guidance on lithium monitoring and be able to compare this with other guidelines on lithium prescribing and monitoring


  • have a knowledge of the management of potential side-effects and toxicity from lithium.



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