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From The CriticsReviewer: Anna Wodlinger Jackson, PharmD (Inova Fairfax Hospital)
Description: This book reviews all aspects of providing drug information, extensively discussing every pertinent issue that should be addressed. This is an update of a 2006 edition.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide training in information management. This edition has been expanded to include additional material for educating both students and practitioners on how to research, interpret, evaluate, collate, and disseminate information. These are worthy objectives, as the need for effective drug information practices is critical. The authors provide extensive reviews and have added chapters to meet the objectives.
Audience: The book targets students and practitioners training in information management. This is a relevant tool for all students, but particularly for pharmacy residents and practitioners who may be performing drug information activities. It is particularly helpful for individuals who may not have had extensive training in drug information. The authors include practitioners from all areas of practice and numerous institutions.
Features: The book covers many of the basic components pertinent to drug information activities (answering drug information questions, formulary management) but also includes chapters that thoroughly review literature evaluation, professional writing, medication errors, and adverse drug reactions. This edition also includes information on legal considerations and new areas of focus (ambulatory care, community pharmacy practice, industry). The best features of the book are the highlighted key points throughout the chapters and the case studies, which are new to this edition. An extensive glossary and appendixes provide more information and examples.
Assessment: This is a high-quality guide to various aspects of drug information and information management. It has evolved with the changing needs of healthcare and information technology and provides a thorough review useful for anyone practicing and providing drug information. This edition includes chapters that address the changing needs in drug information. There are other drug information books (Contemporary Drug Information: An Evidence-Based Approach, Gaebelein and Gleason (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2008); Drug Information: A Guide to Current Resources, 3rd edition, Snow (Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2008)) but they do not include as comprehensive a review as this book does.