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From The CriticsReviewer: Kenneth Witte, PharmD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy)
Description: This book features a compilation of presentations by experts from regulatory agencies, healthcare associations, various healthcare professions, and heathcare researchers. They provide their viewpoints on the risks of medication errors and adverse drug events as well as provide examples of ways to reduce them by improving the medication use process.
Purpose: First, strong evidence of the harm and risks associated with medication use is provided. Then up-to-date information on the current efforts of various regulatory agencies, health professions, and healthcare researchers on how they are reducing the risk of medication errors and adverse drug events is given. This is done by providing excellent examples of how various groups are improving the medication use process.
Audience: The audience is all who are concerned about medication errors and adverse events, especially those who can influence the medication use process.
Features: The editors do an outstanding job in providing perspectives of regulatory agencies and various health professions, as well as their specific strategies to improve the medication use process. Top leaders and influential persons in those agencies, associations, and professions provide expert advice. Tables and figures are provided that give specific examples of medication errors; a very useful demonstration of how real the problems of medication errors really are.
Assessment: This is a very useful book that provides solutions by experts on ways to improve the medication use process and reduce the risk of medication error and adverse drug events. No other book has such a wide scope of contributors from various healthcare backgrounds that address the issues of medication problems and provide their approaches to improve medication use. This book should be part of a series in the ever-changing medication use process as new changes and advancements in healthcare are made.