Written by and for nurse practitioners, this practical textbook focuses on what primary care providers need to learn and practice drug therapy. With an overall emphasis on patient teaching and health promotion, you will learn how to provide effective patient teaching about medications and how to gain patient compliance. Drug coverage focuses on “key drugs” rather than “prototype drugs,” so you can find important information about the most commonly used drugs rather than the first drug in each class. You will also find discussions on the legal and professional issues unique to nurse practitioners and other primary care providers. The 3rd edition also features an expanded emphasis on established clinical practice guidelines and evidence-based practice, plus two new chapters that cover drugs for ADHD and drugs for dementia.
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.