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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Brett L. Geiger, PharmD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy)
Description: This book contains treatment algorithms for various disease states with accompanying explanatory text and tables. This reference updates the initial publication in 1999.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide drug therapy guidelines based on the evaluation, monitoring, and maintenance processes required for the provision of pharmaceutical care. The templates can be adapted to fit specific hospital and patient population needs. These worthy objectives are satisfied throughout the book.
Audience: The book is written for pharmacists and other healthcare professionals, but it is aimed towards those individuals in a clinical or decision making position within an institution. The American Pharmaceutical Association (APhA), a respected pharmacy organization, published this reference and consulted with numerous experts and specialists in medicine, pharmacy, and nursing.
Features: This book provides drug treatment protocols for a variety of disease states. Various cardiovascular, endocrine, pediatric, psychiatric, gastrointestinal, and respiratory disorders are covered. Additionally, self-treatment conditions (e.g. constipation, cough, colds) and complications related to venous access devices are also presented. It is a well referenced resource with written information to explain the rationale for various decision making steps throughout the algorithm. The book also provides black-and-white treatment algorithms and various tables summarizing pertinent information. Although it was published in 2001, some of the references are not as current as what is now available, and algorithms may need modification at a local level.
Assessment: This compilation of disease state treatment algorithms is a valuable reference. The templates can be modified to meet specific requirements and/or used to help measure current practices and appropriateness of care. Although disease state guidelines and drug therapy algorithms are not uncommon, the publication of numerous protocols in a single book is unique. The second edition is warranted due to evolving drug therapy and newly updated treatment guidelines by various professional organizations.