Encyclopedia of Clinical Pharmacy by Joseph T. DiPiro  

Encyclopedia of Clinical Pharmacy by Joseph T. DiPiro  (www.webofpharma.com)

The term “clinical pharmacy” has come to describe a wide range of pharmacy practices that occur in a variety of settings, including health-systems, community pharmacies, clinics, pharmaceutical industry, and government agencies. Clinical Pharmacy incorporates the patient-oriented practices of pharmaceutical care as well as drug policy management, research, education, and many other aspects within the field. As the scope of clinical pharmacy has grown, it has been less easy to capture in a simple definition. The range of topics included in the Encyclopedia of Clinical Pharmacy attest to the complexity and expansion of the clinical pharmacy practice.

The Encyclopedia of Clinical Pharmacy is a valuable resource for today’s clinical pharmacist and pharmacotherapist. Practitioners require a large set of information on diverse topics to effectively conduct their practices. While some of this information can be obtained from drug information compendia, therapeutics textbooks, and primary literature reports, these sources do not thoroughly address the different dimensions of knowledge and information required by clinical pharmacists. The Encyclopedia of Clinical Pharmacy assembles information for practicing clinical pharmacists and students not found in disease-oriented or drug-oriented resources, and provides information and insights to topics and issues that relate to clinical pharmacy practice. 

All entries in the Encyclopedia have been written by experts in their fields and reviewed by appropriate subject matter authorities. Categories of clinical pharmacy-related topics included in the Encyclopedia are:

  • Important reports, position papers, and consensus statements.
  • Clinical pharmacy practices and models of health service delivery.
  • State-of-the-art practices in selccted, rapidly changing areas of pharmaceutical and medical sciences, or allied fields.
  • Federal and svate agencies and pharmacy-related organizations.
  • Relevant legal issues and court decisions.
  • Processes, methods, and guidelines impacting clinical researchers.
  • Biographies oP leaders and innovators in clinical pharmacy.
  • Educational and training programs.

The Encyclopedia is available in a printed text and an online version. The online version includes everything in the print version while also providing the convenience of a keyword search engine. New articles and revised articles will be digitally posted quarterly and available to all subscribers of the electronic version as soon as available.

Although the content will initially pardlel the print version, unique electronic enhancements will be available on the online version.

The intended audience for the Encyclopedia is clinical pharmacists and pharmacy students throughout the lopediu should become an essential resource for libraries and drug information centers as well as for personal libraries. The Encyclopedia will also be of interest to other health care practitioners and students who wish to learn about clinical pharmacy practice. The Encyclopedia S international Editorial Advisory Board represents the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, and Japan.

This project was begun with the intent of representing clinical practice expertise emanating from two major organizations, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). Robert Elenbaas from ACCP and Richard Taliey from ASHP have been particularly helpful in marshalling the expertise within their organizations to contribute to the Encyclopedia. The completion of this project was only possible through the sound advice and contributions of the Encyclopedia of Clinicul Pharmucy ’s international Editorial Advisory Board, contributors, and the competent and diligent efforts of the staff’ at Marcel Dekker, Inc. In particular, the efforts of Carolyn Hall, Ellen Lichtenstein, and Alison Cohen have been much appreciated.

Academia, Clinical Pharmacy Careers


If you are contemplating a pharmacy practice career in academia, this may stem from the intellectual and cultural stimulation and the variety of interesting and eager people that you encountered while in college. However, there are many aspects of this career path that are not readily apparent. The goal of this article is to expand your perspectives about clinical pharmacy academia so that you are more informed about it as a carer opportunity. Specifically, this article provides an overview of the clinical pharmacy careers in academia, insight into important issues in academia, and recommendations for making informed decisions about carer options.

BEST Pratices Documents 

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) develops and publishes professional Best-Practices documents that cover a wide range of clinical practice and therapeutic topics. There is a range of detail among types of Best-Practices documents: Statements documents express basic philosophy and Guidelines offer programmatic advice. Of the two types of therapeutic documents, Therapeutic Guidelines are thorough discussions of drug use, whereas Therapeutic Position Statements are concise responses to specific therapeutic issues

Canadian Hospital Pharmacy Residency Board 

The mission of the Canadian Hospital Pharmacy Residency Board is to establish and apply standards for accreditation of pharmacy practice residency programs and to promote excellence in hospital pharmacy residcncy programs and practice. The key objectives are as follows:

  1. To gain External recognition and support tor pharmacy residency program\
  2. To provide support to residency program participants in their role through educadtion, skill development and practice tools

To foster an environment that facilitates the growth and development of ph'irmacy reiidency progrdinc


Department of Health and Human Services 


The Departmcnt of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is the principal U.S. government agency assigned to protect the health of all Americans and for providing essential human services for those unablc to help themselves. The goals of the DHHS, according to the stratcgic plan for fiscal years 2001 -2006,"' include reducing the major threats to the health and productivity of all  improving economic and social well-being, improving access to health services, improving the public health systems, and strengthening the nation's health sccnce research productivity. The DHHS accomplishes this mission through more than 300 programs under the leadership of the Office of the Sccretary. DHHS programs are administered through 1 1 operating divisions utilizing ncarly 62,000 employees and a budget approaching $400 billion."'

  

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