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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jeannine Marie Forrest, Ph.D., R.N.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing)
Description: This is a valuable clinical resource of important pharmacologic considerations for dosing and monitoring geriatric patients.
Purpose: Updated and detailed information on commonly prescribed drugs is presented to improve pharmacologic management for the growing number of geriatric patients.
Audience: Although targeted to geriatric nurses, this text can benefit all nurses and physicians who provide direct care to older adults.
Features: The content is thoughtfully introduced as contributors present normal physiologic age-related changes and their effects on drug action. This approach lays a solid foundation that underscores the issues inherent in improving patient compliance and long term drug management. Key geriatric considerations are clearly highlighted with each drug. Full-color photographs are useful for drug identification and patient teaching. An appendix on adverse reactions misinterpreted as age-related changes is an excellent addition to improve drug management in a population of patients at risk for poly-pharmacy and adverse reactions.
Assessment: This handbook is to be an invaluable, portable resource for clinicians responsible for the pharmacologic management and monitoring of geriatric patients. Each appendix is useful in further explaining or highlighting the complexities specific to older adult care. Compared to other texts such as Semla's Geriatric Dosage Handbook 2000-2001, 5th edition (Lexi-Comp, 2000), this is a superior handbook for educating readers about the rationales that underlie critical geriatric considerations and patient education.