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From The CriticsReviewer: Christina Rose, PharmD (Temple University Hospital)
Description: This book educates readers providing pharmaceutical care on why it is important to evaluate healthcare information, how it relates to answering drug information questions, and how one should evaluate healthcare information and apply it to a clinical setting or situation. Each chapter contains goals, mini-sections for discussion of different clinical case-based perspectives, and study problems.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide practical, up-to-date introductions and instruction on evaluating and applying healthcare information. Healthcare professionals always need to review the proper way to evaluate medical literature. The book meets the objectives.
Audience: Students and practitioners looking to enhance or improve their skills in evaluating healthcare information or literature are the intended readers. The chapter goals are broad enough to pertain to multiple audiences, but the study problems at the end of each chapter can be used to enhance students' learning.
Features: The book is divided into three main sections. The first is a basic overview of the importance of evaluating literature; the second section research design, statistics, critiques of different study designs; and the third discusses how to apply the information to clinical practice. Each chapter contains goals, bold key terms, perspectives and literature critiques that incorporate aspects from real studies, and study problems. The extra credit sections, which go into more depth than a student would need, can be useful to the more educated readers. The tables and graphs enhance the book as do the glossy pages.
Assessment: This book can serve as a text for students, but it would also be a great reference for pharmacy residents and pharmacy practitioners. The tools for evaluating healthcare information may be a little too detailed for students, but the language and through explanations enable them to understand the information. Other books on drug information have chapters that focus on evaluating literature, but not to the depth this one does. Proper evaluation of literature is the backbone of being a good clinician and must be mastered in order to always practice evidence-based medicine.