Description: Designed with community pharmacists or other nonphysician healthcare practitioners in mind, this book provides the tools to enable these practitioners to assess illnesses and diseases they are mostly likely to see in patients. The previous edition was published in 2006.
Purpose: The purpose is to equip healthcare practitioners who are not physicians, particularly pharmacists, with the tools necessary to assess patient symptomology in order to distinguish between a patient presentation that represents a major disease that requires referral to the physician and a patient presentation more consistent with a minor illness that can be adequately and safely managed with pharmacist referral.
Audience: Although targeted at pharmacists, the book also can be useful to nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and even medical students. It should be noted that this book arranges the illnesses in conjunction with the British National Formulary. Nonetheless, the disease topics are relevant regardless of the practice location. The authors are practicing pharmacists in the U.K.
Features: After an excellent introductory chapter explaining the role of pharmacists in the community and their ability to manage and/or triage patients they see, subsequent chapters use an organ system approach to assess physical, subjective, and objective findings as presented. The book makes use of handy, user-friendly tables, chapter summaries, and other features such as "Re-consider the Case" sections and Pharmacist Opinion versus General Practitioner Opinion discussions.
Assessment: This would be a useful companion book for those studying pharmacy and it could be helpful in course work in ambulatory care and/or used as a supplement for students in their ambulatory and/or community practice experiences.