Lithium prophylaxis in recurrent affective illness. Efficacy, effectiveness and efficiency.

@article{Guscott1994LithiumPI,
  title={Lithium prophylaxis in recurrent affective illness. Efficacy, effectiveness and efficiency.},
  author={Richard Guscott and Lucy A. Taylor},
  journal={The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science},
  year={1994},
  volume={164 6},
  pages={
          741-6
        }
}
The efficacy of lithium prophylaxis for recurrent mood disorders is well established. Despite concern that the later efficacy studies have shown poorer results, these studies (after 1980) are equally confirmatory of lithium's efficacy. However, questions have been raised with regards to the effectiveness of lithium prophylaxis under 'ordinary' clinical conditions. Part of the confusion stems from the failure to distinguish clearly efficacy (the potential of a treatment) from effectiveness (the… CONTINUE READING
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