Pharmacology for the Primary Care Provider / Edition 4

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Overview

Written by and for nurse practitioners, and also suitable for physician’s assistants, Pharmacology for the Primary Care Provider, 4th Edition focuses on what you need to know to safely and effectively prescribe drugs for primary care. An emphasis on patient teaching helps you gain patient adherence to prescribed drug regimens, and guidelines for health promotion help in maintaining and improving your patients’ health. Now in full color, this edition expands the book's emphasis on the QSEN priorities of safety and evidence-based practice, and adds coverage of new drugs, new drug classes, and new therapeutic drug uses. Written by leading nurse practitioner authorities Marilyn Winterton Edmunds and Maren Stewart Mayhew, Pharmacology for the Primary Care Provider teaches principles of pharmacotherapeutics using today’s most commonly used drugs.


  • A Key Drugs focus highlights the most commonly used and most representative drugs of each major drug class - with particular emphasis on the top 100 most commonly prescribed drugs.
  • Emphasis on patient teaching helps you communicate with patients and family caregivers to promote adherence to the drug regimen.
  • Emphasis on health promotion describes how to help patients stay well and improve their health, including coverage of immunizations and biologicals, vitamins, weight management, and smoking cessation.
  • Evidence-Based Decision-Making and Treatment Guidelines chapter (11) provides practical guidelines for using the best current research evidence to make decisions about the care of individual patients.
  • Extensive coverage of drug therapy for special populations such as geriatric and pediatric patients includes considerations related to age, pregnancy, race, and other factors.
  • UNIQUE! Coverage of prescriptive practice includes topics such as prescriptive authority, role implementation, and the role of nurses (NPs, CNMs, CRNAs, and CNSs) and physician assistants in writing prescriptions.
  • NEW! Full-color design and illustrations highlight the most important content.
  • DRUG UPDATES reflect the latest FDA-approved drugs, drug classes, and therapeutic uses.
  • Expanded emphasis on the QSEN priorities of safety and evidence-based practice helps you eliminate drug prescribing errors with color-highlighted Safety Alerts! and NEW Clinical Practice Alerts!
  • NEW section on male hormone replacement therapies adds coverage of men to that for women.
  • Updated evidence-based prescribing information reflects the latest national clinical practice guidelines and evidence-based treatment guidelines, including the latest clinical treatment guidelines for diabetes.
  • NEW! Complementary and Alternative Products tables highlight interactions with drugs, and are emphasized with a distinctive icon.
  • Updated Drug Overview tables are enhanced with color as well as Top 100 icons that highlight the most commonly prescribed drugs.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Benita J. Walton-Moss
This is a comprehensive pharmacology text designed foruse by primary care practitioners. The purpose is to provide basicmedical content integrated with pharmacological principles and nursingapproaches. The book includes journal and Internet resources to aidreaders in updating information for themselves, especially critical fordrug research, given the vast number constantly coming on the market. Although designed for all types of primary care providers, this bookis particularly directed at students and novice clinicians. However,the comprehensive nature of this text functions as an excellent reviewand update for experienced and seasoned clinicians. This book isorganized into two general sections. In the first the foundation foreffective and efficacious pharmacological practice is provided, whilein the second specific drug classes are covered. The first sectionincludes focus areas on prescriptive authority, basic drug mechanics,and important variations by age group or life change (e.g., pregnancy,nursing, and menopause). The environmental context within whichprescribing occurs is then presented, including evidence-basedmedicine, clinical trials, and critical decision-making. The firstsection concludes with application of drug information such as how todetermine clinical guidelines, patient education, and prescriptionwriting. In the second section there is a discussion of common drugcategories and the primary care conditions for which they are commonlyused. Whenever possible, drug prototypes are used to minimize needlessrepetition for similar drugs in the same class. I compared this bookto Youngkin's Pharmacotherapeutics: A Primary Care ClinicalGuide (Prentice Hall,1999), which is also designed for primarycare clinicians. Although a good text, it did not provide theenvironmental context as comprehensively as this text does. Drugclasses were described more generically without as much detail onspecific drugs. Overall, I would highly recommend this text be part ofevery primary care clinician's library.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Benita J. Walton-Moss, DNS, MSN (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This is a comprehensive pharmacology text designed for use by primary care practitioners.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide basic medical content integrated with pharmacological principles and nursing approaches. The book includes journal and Internet resources to aid readers in updating information for themselves, especially critical for drug research, given the vast number constantly coming on the market.
Audience: Although designed for all types of primary care providers, this book is particularly directed at students and novice clinicians. However, the comprehensive nature of this text functions as an excellent review and update for experienced and seasoned clinicians.
Features: This book is organized into two general sections. In the first the foundation for effective and efficacious pharmacological practice is provided, while in the second specific drug classes are covered. The first section includes focus areas on prescriptive authority, basic drug mechanics, and important variations by age group or life change (e.g., pregnancy, nursing, and menopause). The environmental context within which prescribing occurs is then presented, including evidence-based medicine, clinical trials, and critical decision-making. The first section concludes with application of drug information such as how to determine clinical guidelines, patient education, and prescription writing. In the second section there is a discussion of common drug categories and the primary care conditions for which they are commonly used. Whenever possible, drug prototypes are used to minimize needless repetition for similar drugs in the same class.
Assessment: I compared this book to Youngkin's Pharmacotherapeutics: A Primary Care Clinical Guide (Prentice Hall, 1999), which is also designed for primary care clinicians. Although a good text, it did not provide the environmental context as comprehensively as this text does. Drug classes were described more generically without as much detail on specific drugs. Overall, I would highly recommend this text be part of every primary care clinician's library.
Booknews
A practical reference that provides step-by-step guidelines for 50 surgical, diagnostic, and other types of procedures performed by nurse practitioners in primary care or ambulatory situations. The format includes: description, indications, contraindications/precautions, patient preparation/education, equipment, procedure, interpretation of results, follow up/complications, and CPT billing codes. Illustrations throughout the text clarify techniques. Spiral bound. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher
"Written by nurses, this book includes pharmacological concepts and puts them in the the context of primary care nurse prescribing. Although this is an American text, much of the content has relevance to primary care nurses and students in the UK. " Nursing Standard, November 2009

5 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323087902
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 7/15/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 880
  • Sales rank: 1,438
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

PART ONE: ESSENTIAL CONCEPTS FOR THE PRESCRIPTION OF MEDICATIONS

Unit 1: Foundations of Prescriptive Practice 1. Prescriptive Authority and Role Implementation: Tradition vs. Change 2. Historical Review of Prescriptive Authority: The Role of Nurses (NPs, CNMs, CRNAs, and CNSs) and Physician Assistants

Unit 2: Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics 3. General Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamic Principles 4. Special Populations: Geriatrics 5. Special Populations: Pediatrics 6. Special Populations: Pregnant and Nursing Women

7. Over-the-Counter Medications 8. Complementary and Alternative Therapies

Unit 3: The Art and Science of Pharmacotherapeutics 9. Establishing the Therapeutic Relationship 10. Practical Tips on Writing Prescriptions 11. Evidence-Based Decision-Making and Treatment Guidelines 12. Design and Implementation of Patient Education

PART TWO: DRUG MONOGRAPHS Unit 4: Topical Agents 13. Dermatologic Agents 14. Eye, Ear, Throat, and Mouth Agents

Unit 5: Respiratory Agents 15. Upper Respiratory Agents 16. Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Medications

Unit 6: Cardiovascular Agents 17. Hypertension and Miscellaneous Antihypertensive Medications 18. Coronary Artery Disease and Antianginal Medications 19. Heart Failure and Digoxin 20. ß-Blockers 21. Calcium Channel Blockers 22. ACE Inhibitors and Angiotensin Receptor Blockers 23. Antiarrhythmic Agents 24. Antihyperlipidemic Agents 25. Agents that Act on Blood

Unit 7: Gastrointestinal Agents 26. Antacids and the Management of GERD 27. Histamine-2 Blockers and Proton Pump Inhibitors 28. Laxatives 29. Antidiarrheals 30. Antiemetics 31. Medications for Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Other Gastrointestinal Problems

Unit 8: Renal/Genitourinary Agents 32. Diuretics 33. Male Genitourinary Agents 34. Drugs for Urinary Incontinence and Urinary Analgesia

Unit 9: Musculoskeletal Agents 35. Acetaminophen 36. Aspirin and Nonsteroidal Antiinflammatory Drugs 37. Disease-Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs and Immune Modulators 38. Gout Medications 39. Osteoporosis Treatment 40. Muscle Relaxants

Unit 10: Central Nervous System Agents 41. Medications for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 42. Medications for Dementia 43. Analgesia and Pain Management 44. Migraine Medications 45. Antiepileptics 46. Antiparkinson Agents

Unit 11: Psychotropic Agents 47. Antidepressants 48. Antianxiety and Antiinsomnia Agents 49. Antipsychotics 50. Substance Abuse

Unit 12: Endocrine Agents 52. Glucocorticoids 52. Thyroid Medications 53. Diabetes Mellitus Agents

Unit 13: Reproductive System Medications 54. Contraceptives 55. Hormone Replacement Therapy - NEW Title/Focus! 56. Drugs for Breast Cancer

Unit 14: Antiinfectives 57. Principles for Prescribing Antiinfectives 58. Treatment of Specific Infections and Miscellaneous Antibiotics 59. Penicillins 60. Cephalosporins 61. Tetracyclines 62. Macrolides 63. Fluoroquinolones 64. Aminoglycosides 65. Sulfonamides 66. Antitubercular Agents 67. Antifungals 68. Antiretroviral Medications 69. Antiviral and Antiprotozoal Agents

Unit 15: Health Promotion 70. Immunizations and Biologicals

71. Weight Management 72. Smoking Cessation 73. Vitamins and Minerals

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