Reviewer: Courtney D Vincent, PharmD (Temple University Hospital)
Description: This reference targets pharmacists and encompasses the signs, symptoms, diagnosis, prevention, and management of asthma. It includes algorithms from the most recent British Thoracic Society guidelines in asthma.
Purpose: The book is designed to support pharmacists and other healthcare professionals in their efforts to effectively deliver care to patients with asthma using the most up-to-date guidelines. It provides an in-depth review of the medications used for asthma.
Audience: It is targeted at pharmacists and other healthcare professionals who are involved in the care of patients with asthma. It can also be used as a reference for students. The author is a respiratory pharmacist at a university hospital and is currently the chairperson for the U.K. Clinical Pharmacy Association Respiratory Practice Group.
Features: Chapters include an overview of asthma, management of acute and chronic asthma, and an in-depth review of each class of drugs used in asthma. Based on the British Thoracic Society Guidelines on Asthma, the book also includes treatment algorithms, a list of focus points, and an appendix with the general medical service contract as well as a glossary. Since it is a U.K. publication, guidelines and, therefore, treatment algorithms and the medications described may not be applicable in other countries.
Assessment: Overall, this is a good reference for pharmacists and other healthcare professionals who care for patients with asthma, particularly those in the U.K. It is a good review of the background on asthma and drug therapy used. However, readers outside the U.K. would have to reference their country's guidelines for the current practice.