How to Practice Evidence-Based Psychiatry: Basic Principles and Case Studies

How to Practice Evidence-Based Psychiatry: Basic Principles and Case Studies

by C. Barr Taylor
     
 

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The use of evidence-based guidelines and algorithms is widely encouraged in modern psychiatric settings, yet many practitioners find it challenging to apply and incorporate the latest evidence-based psychosocial and biological interventions. Now, practitioners have an outstanding new resource at their fingertips. How to Practice Evidence-Based Psychiatry: Basic

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The use of evidence-based guidelines and algorithms is widely encouraged in modern psychiatric settings, yet many practitioners find it challenging to apply and incorporate the latest evidence-based psychosocial and biological interventions. Now, practitioners have an outstanding new resource at their fingertips. How to Practice Evidence-Based Psychiatry: Basic Principles and Case Studies accomplishes two goals: it explains the methods and philosophy of evidence-based psychiatry, and it describes ways in which psychiatrists and other mental health specialists can incorporate evidence-based psychiatry into their clinical practices. Uniquely relevant to psychiatric clinicians, this is the only book on evidence-based medicine specific to the field of psychiatry that addresses integrated psychopharmacology and psychotherapies.

This new book first provides an expansion on the popular text the Concise Guide to Evidence-Based Psychiatry, updating the sections on clinical trials, the teaching of evidence-based medicine, and the effective treatment of patients with complex comorbid conditions. It then allows experts from a variety of specialty areas and practice settings to describe how they incorporate the latest evidence and outcome studies into interesting and inspiring cases of their own.

The book starts with the assumption that clinicians must adapt guidelines, algorithms, other sources of evidence, and the interpretation of this evidence to each individual patient. It describes basic statistical concepts in an easily understood format and offers separate chapters devoted to systematic reviews and meta-analyses, clinical practice guidelines, diagnostic tests, surveys of disease frequency, and prognosis and psychometric measurement. It also presents an easily relatable discussion of many of the major issues of evidence-based psychiatry, such as use of the "Five-Step" evidence-based medicine model. • The first section can be used both as an introduction to the topic and a ready reference for researching the literature and appraising evidence.• The second section includes relevant case examples of major psychiatric disorders, and the third presents case examples from diverse treatment settings. In these sections, 24 contributing clinicians from a variety of practice settings discuss situations in which they followed aspects of evidence-based care. • The text includes tables and charts throughout the text, including algorithms, guidelines, and examples of simple, therapist-devised measures of progress, further enhance learning, retention, and clinical practice.

How to Practice Evidence-Based Psychiatry: Basic Principles and Case Studies is a valuable new tool that will help residents, practicing psychiatrists, and other mental health workers find the most useful and relevant information to inform and improve their everyday practices.

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Reviewer: Steve Paschos, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book on evidence-based psychiatry presents basic principles and case studies as applied to DSM-IV disorders and in various different settings.
Purpose: The purpose is to review the methods and philosophy of evidence-based medicine and its application by psychiatrists and mental health professionals.
Audience: The book is written with three audiences in mind, psychiatrists and mental health professionals, psychiatry residents and other mental health trainees, and, finally, residency program directors.
Features: In the first of the book's three parts, Gregory E. Gray, MD, PhD, the author of the predecessor to this book (Concise Guide to Evidence-Based Psychiatry (American Psychiatric Publishing, 2004)), provides a basic introduction to evidence-based psychiatry and details clinical practice guidelines. The second and third parts take a case-based approach to major DSM-IV disorders set within specific treatment settings, calling on the varying clinical expertise of the many authors. The book concludes with an appendix with a glossary and statistical formulas and tables.
Assessment: This is a good introduction and practical case-based clinical approach to using evidence-based psychiatry. Sturdy pages allow for notes and documentation as these are necessary at times to fully comprehend the challenging material. The graphics, tables, and diagrams are useful and helpful as well. Although lengthy, this is an excellent review of and guide to using evidence-based psychiatry. As an internal medicine/psychiatry PGY-4 resident, I found the incorporation of valuable principles into the practice of psychiatry refreshing. This excellent book is an improvement on the Concise Guide.
Reviewer:Steve Paschos, MD(Rush University Medical Center)
Description:This book on evidence-based psychiatry presents basic principles and case studies as applied to DSM-IV disorders and in various different settings.
Purpose:The purpose is to review the methods and philosophy of evidence-based medicine and its application by psychiatrists and mental health professionals.
Audience:The book is written with three audiences in mind, psychiatrists and mental health professionals, psychiatry residents and other mental health trainees, and, finally, residency program directors.
Features:In the first of the book's three parts, Gregory E. Gray, MD, PhD, the author of the predecessor to this book (Concise Guide to Evidence-Based Psychiatry (American Psychiatric Publishing, 2004)), provides a basic introduction to evidence-based psychiatry and details clinical practice guidelines. The second and third parts take a case-based approach to major DSM-IV disorders set within specific treatment settings, calling on the varying clinical expertise of the many authors. The book concludes with an appendix with a glossary and statistical formulas and tables.
Assessment:This is a good introduction and practical case-based clinical approach to using evidence-based psychiatry. Sturdy pages allow for notes and documentation as these are necessary at times to fully comprehend the challenging material. The graphics, tables, and diagrams are useful and helpful as well. Although lengthy, this is an excellent review of and guide to using evidence-based psychiatry. As an internal medicine/psychiatry PGY-4 resident, I found the incorporation of valuable principles into the practice of psychiatry refreshing. This excellent book is an improvement on the Concise Guide.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585623655
Publisher:
American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/21/2009
Pages:
388
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.78(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

C. Barr Taylor, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California.

American Psychiatric Publishing

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