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From The CriticsReviewer: Angela Johnston, PharmD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy)
Description: This is a collection of patient case studies involving a broad spectrum of disease states. It is intended to complement the information presented in the fourth edition of Dipiro's Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach (Appleton & Lange, 1999).
Purpose: The editor's purpose is to aid students in healthcare fields in the development of patient care related skills involving the identification and resolution of medication-related problems through the use of patient care studies.
Audience: The target audience is pharmacy educators and pharmacy students; however, it may be a useful learning tool for all healthcare professionals.
Features: In Part One the following information is outlined: how to use the casebook; active learning strategies; case studies in patient communication; and documentation of pharmacist interventions. The remaining portion of the casebook is divided into the following sections: disorders of organ systems; diseases of infectious origin; oncologic disorders; and nutrition and nutritional disorders. Patient case studies begin with patient presentation, which mimics what is found in a typical patient chart. A series of questions for the student follow the case presentation, and a list of useful references.
Assessment: This casebook is a beneficial extension to the fourth edition of Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach, in that the editor encourages students to apply newly learned information to clinical scenarios. References listed following each patient case study direct students to additional information, which may be useful in answering questions. Overall, this reference is a useful tool for teaching students the pharmacotherapeutic approach to patient care, which involves the designing, implementing, and monitoring of a drug therapy regimen.