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From The CriticsReviewer: Darryl Glover, PharmD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy)
Description: This is a collection of articles written by pharmacy administrators and clinicians that address issues affecting contemporary practice. This book covers topics such as pharmaceutical care, automation and computerization, quality improvement, and drug use evaluation. The articles are written primarily from an in-patient perspective; therefore, ambulatory practitioners must evaluate and decide how to adapt these concepts to improve their practice setting.
Purpose: The book encourages readers to explore new ideas and methodologies in dealing with current practice trends. The editor states that this text should serve as a starting point for "stimulating thought and discussion on professional growth and development."
Audience: The authors are some of the top leaders and thinkers in the profession. Therefore, this book is most useful for pharmacy administrators as they reengineer their departments for new practice demands. The other target groups for this book (students, pharmacy residents and fellows, and teachers) can use it to explore practice trends and see how they can be applied in a real-world setting.
Features: The 10 sections of this book contain a succinct summary indicating the relevance of the topic as well as a preview of the articles to follow. Each article that appears is fully referenced and has a citation to its source of original publication in either Pharmacy Practice Management Quarterly or Topics in Hospital Pharmacy Management. This format gives practitioners a list of professional contacts they can use as they address these issues in their own practice setting.
Assessment: This book is a valuable resource because it exposes practitioners to new ideas, processes, and concepts (some of which they may not be familiar with, such as pharmacoepidemiology) that affect contemporary practice. It also serves as an excellent reference for stimulating new thought and vision so administrators can meet the challenges facing today's pharmacy departments.