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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Hector C Davila, PharmD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy)
Description: This book describes the changing role of the pharmacist in healthcare and attempts to convey why sociology is a required element in the practice of pharmacy today and in the future.
Purpose: The purpose is to make pharmacists aware of the perspective of health and healthcare from a patient's point of view. This is an important concept because it may affect patients' acceptance of a pharmacist's methods used and the pharmacist's ability to achieve desired outcomes. The book meets the author's objective of respecting patients' views and tailoring therapy to meet their needs and wants.
Audience: The target audience, according to the authors, consists of those studying or practicing pharmacy who have no sociology background. The book is written based on the practice of pharmacy in the United Kingdom, but still has application to practice in the United States. The book addresses this audience very well. The authors, as a group, have good credentials and a respectable amount of time in practice.
Features: The book includes an introduction to and history of both sociology and contemporary pharmacy. It defines the relationship between the two fields and how sociology may help to improve the delivery of pharmaceutical care. The authors discuss patient versus healthcare professional perspectives and factors affecting patient healthcare decision making processes. Finally, they discuss methods for improving patient outcomes, cooperation, and coordination. One particular strength of the book is its discussion of the patient perspective of health and healthcare decisions. Examples help readers understand topics and illustrate concepts. One weakness is the lack of illustrations and, although not completely necessary, more vibrant illustrations would more effectively present important or more difficult to grasp concepts.
Assessment: The authors have created a valuable tool for educating those practicing pharmacy about the significance of considering the patient perspective when working towards specific healthcare outcomes. It is just about on par with other books in its field with regard to practicality, such as Social and Behavioral Aspects of Pharmaceutical Care, edited by Smith and Wertheimer (Pharmaceutical Products Press, 1996). Although the book is written for pharmacists practicing in the United Kingdom, the concepts are applicable to pharmacy practice in the United States. The book is a second edition, which is appropriate considering the need for an update of examples relevant to contemporary pharmacy practice. Overall, the book covers its subject very well and at an appropriate level of detail.