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Prescribing Mental Health Medication: The Practitioner's Guide

Prescribing Mental Health Medication: The Practitioner's Guide
Author: Christopher M. Doran
ISBN 13: 9780415282222
ISBN 10: 415282225
Edition: 1
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 2003-08-07
Format: Paperback
Pages: 464
List Price: $69.95

Prescribing Mental Health Medication is a text for nursing and medical practitioners who are learning how to diagnose and treat mental disorders with medication. Skills-based, it focuses on the following key issues:

  • how to start and stop medication

  • how to dose

  • when to change medication

  • dealing with particular kinds of patients

  • specific illnesses and their medication

  • special populations and conditions

  • the management of side effects

  • practical issues such as monitoring medication with blood levels

  • administrative issues such as record-keeping.

Special icons used throughout the text highlight clinical tips, advice on how to talk to patients and differences in practice in primary care settings.

Based on the author's considerable experience of training nursing and medical staff, Prescribing Mental Health Medication presents complex topics in an organized, logical and easily assimilated format. It provides a supportive text for those new to prescribing and a comprehensive source of reference for more experienced practitioners or teachers.

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Reviewer:Brett C. Plyler, M.D.(Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
Description:This is a book for medical and nurse practitioners who are just beginning to or learning more about prescribing medications for mental health problems.
Purpose:The purpose is to teach clinicians principles and guidelines that will result in safe, rational, and successful prescribing of mental health medications.
Audience:The book is written for nurse practitioners, primary care clinicians, and beginning residents who will prescribe psychotropic medications.
Features:The book covers general principles of psychotropic medication management including starting, stopping, difficult patients (noncompliant, borderline), special populations (pregnant, elderly, and pediatric), and problem areas. It makes good use of tables and gives examples of clinical scenarios and how to handle them. The chapters are laid out in a step-by-step fashion with bullets demonstrating each clinical point. There are practical chapters on preparing an office for mental health prescribing, appropriate use of the telephone and Internet, and interacting with the pharmaceutical industry.
Assessment:This is an effective book for instructing beginning practitioners in the appropriate prescribing of mental health medications. It offers useful tables, helpful suggestions for questions from patients, and is organized in an easy to read and reference format. This would not be a useful book for senior psychiatric residents or attendings, as most of the material is directed towards clinicians with no experience prescribing psychotropic medications. It does not attempt to cover comprehensive psychiatric diagnoses and should not be used as such.