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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Amy E. Lodolce, PharmD, BCPS (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy)
Description: This book provides the reader with information on retrieving and interpreting drug information while focusing on applying these concepts to evaluating the biomedical literature.
Purpose: The purpose is to assist pharmacists in retrieving and evaluating drug information in order to respond to requests from patients and other healthcare providers.
Audience: The target audience is practicing pharmacists and pharmacy students. Pharmacy educators may also find this book useful when teaching literature evaluation and statistical concepts. Prior exposure to statistical concepts is beneficial before using this text.
Features: The book covers searching and evaluating drug literature, clinical trial design, and descriptive and inferential statistics. Statistics accounts for the largest portion of the book and hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, parametric/nonparametric tests, and correlation along with other topics are covered. Although the book does not contain as detailed information as statistics textbooks, it has several examples to emphasize concepts and aid in application. These examples are from published studies and should be especially beneficial when learning to evaluate statistical material in the biomedical literature. Each chapter concludes with study questions and has a reference list that can be used to identify further sources of information. Figures and tables are used throughout the book to visually demonstrate concepts. A glossary and several useful appendixes contain commonly used statistical tables such as t-distribution and a list of healthcare-related web sites.
Assessment: This is a resource for practicing pharmacists who want to enhance their drug information skills in order to communicate with patients and the healthcare community. It can also serve as an additional resource for pharmacy students and pharmacy educators to supplement information in standard drug information and statistics textbooks.