Pharmacotherapy Principles and Practice – Learn the essential principles of pharmacotherapy and how they apply to today’s healthcare.
Use of effective and safe pharmacotherapy is a cornerstone of appropriate patient care for both acute and chronic medical conditions. Although the biomedical research enterprise continues to provide medications that have enormous potential to improve individual patient and population health outcomes, these agents are too often applied inappropriately and ineffectively. Consequently, many patients do not achieve the best possible outcomes or incur harm from their drug therapy.
Appropriate implementation and management of high- quality, cost-effective pharmacotherapy by health care provid-ers requires an integration of scientific knowledge and clinical practice skills combined with a fiduciary responsibility to put the patient’s needs first. The development of mature, indepen- dent pharmacotherapists occurs through structured learning processes that include formal coursework, independent study, mentorship, and direct involvement in the care of actual patients in interprofessional settings.
The fourth edition of Pharmacotherapy Principles and Practice is designed to provide student learners and health care prac- titioners with essential knowledge of the pathophysiology and pharmacotherapeutics of disease states likely to be encountered in routine practice. Chapters are written by content experts and peer reviewed by clinical pharmacists, nurse practitioners, physi-cian assistants, and physicians who are authorities in their fields.
Pharmacotherapy Principles and Practice, fourth edition, opens with an introductory chapter followed by chapters on pediatrics, geriatrics, and palliative care. The remainder of the book consists of 98 disease-based chapters that review disease etiology, epide- miology, pathophysiology, and clinical presentation, followed by clear therapeutic recommendations for drug selection, dosing, and patient monitoring. The following features were designed in collaboration with educational design specialists to enhance learning and retention:
• Structured learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter, with information in the text that corresponds to each learning objective identified by a vertical rule in the margin, allowing the reader to quickly find content related to each objective.
• Key concepts related to patient assessment and treatment highlighted with an easily identifiable icon throughout the chapter.
• Patient encounters that facilitate development of critical thinking skills and lend clinical relevance to the scientific foundation provided.
• A new section on the patient care process that provides specific recommendations about the process of care for an individual patient, from the initial patient assessment through therapy evaluation, care plan development, and follow-up monitoring.