Contemporary Drug Information: An Evidence-Based Approach / Edition 1

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This innovative textbook teaches the basics of drug information, literature evaluation, and biostatistics, and relates these topics to evidence-based pharmaceutical care. Readers will learn what to look for in studies, how to critique them, and how to apply them in clinical pharmacy practice.

A major focus is critical appraisal of evidence derived from different types of studies—cases, cohorts, surveys, randomized controlled clinical trials, pharmacoeconomic studies, and systematic reviews. Concluding chapters discuss clinical decision-making using evidence from studies.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781782807
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 8/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 370
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Integrating Drug Information, Literature Evaluation, and Biostatistics to Provide Evidence-based Pharmaceutical Care
Chapter 2: Asking and Answering Drug Information Questions

Chapter 3: Overview of Research Designs Used to Answer Drug Information Questions
Chapter 4: Biostatistics Concepts: The Building Blocks for Evaluating Biostatistical Methods in Clinical Research
Chapter 5: Foundations of Statistical Inference
Chapter 6: Critical Appraisal of Evidence Derived from Cases
Chapter 7: Critical Appraisal of Evidence Derived from Cohorts and Surveys
Chapter 8: Critical Appraisal of Evidence Derived from Randomized Controlled Clinical Trials
Chapter 9: Critical Appraisal of Evidence Derived from Pharmacoeconomics Studies
Chapter 10: Critical Appraisal of Evidence Derived from Systematic Reviews

Chapter 11: Evaluating and Implementing Practice Guidelines
Chapter 12: Keeping Current with the Medical Literature: Becoming an Information Master

Appendix A: Drug Information Tables
Appendix B: Statistical Tables
Appendix C: Reprints of Critiqued Articles

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