Pharmacotherapy Casebook – everything you need to develop expertise in pharmacotherapy decision making
Pharmacotherapy Casebook is to help students in the health professions and practicing clinicians develop and refine the skills required to identify and resolve drug therapy problems by using case studies. Case studies can actively involve students in the learning process; engender self-confidence; and promote the development of skills in independent self-study, problem analysis, decision making, oral communication, and teamwork. Patient case studies can also be used as the focal point of discussions about pathophysiology, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, and the pharmacotherapy of individual diseases. By integrating the biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences with pharmacotherapeutics, case studies can help students appreciate the relevance and importance of a sound scientific foundation in preparation for practice.
The patient cases in this book are intended to complement the scientific information presented in the seventh edition of Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach. This edition of the casebook contains 150 unique patient cases, 35 more than the first edition. The case chapters are organized into organ system sections that correspond to those of the Pharmacotherapy textbook. Students should read the relevant textbook chapter to become thoroughly familiar with the pathophysiology and pharmacotherapy of each disease state before attempting to make “decisions” about the care of patients described in this casebook. The Pharmacotherapy textbook, Casebook, and other useful learning resources are also available on AccessPharmacy.com (subscription required). By using these realistic cases to practice creating, defending, and implementing pharmacotherapeutic care plans, students can begin to develop the skills and self-confidence that will be necessary to make the real decisions required in professional practice.
The knowledge and clinical experience required to answer the questions associated with each patient presentation vary from case to case. Some cases deal with a single disease state, whereas others have multiple diseases and drug therapy problems. As a guide for instructors, each case is identified as being one of three complexity levels; this classification system is described in more detail in Chapter 1.