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Table 2 Most common reasons stated in general population survey to justify willingness to take a medication (Including lithium) for fracture healing

From: Perceptions of using lithium in fracture management: a survey of orthopaedic surgeons, fracture patients and the general public

Question Response Justification
Willing to take a medication for fracture healing Yes (n = 645) To speed healing (17.5%)
To reduce pain (15.5%)
No justification (43.3%)
No (n = 118) Bones can heal naturally / not necessary (31.4%)
Do not want to experience side effects (11.9%)
No justification (31.4%)
Willing to take a medication with psychiatric indication for fracture healing Yes (n = 412) If no side effects (15.3%)
If prescribed (3.6%)
No justification (45.6%)
No (n = 339) Do not want to experience side effects and/or effects on the brain (27.1%)
Do not trust drugs (7.4%)
No justification (40.4%)
Willing to take lithium for fracture healing Yes (n = 481) If no side effects (12.3%)
If prescribed (8.1%)
No justification (50.3%)
No (n = 245) Do not want to experience side effects and/or effects on the brain (30.2%)
Lack sufficient knowledge about lithium (20.4%)
No justification (20.8%)