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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.