A Textbook of Clinical Pharmacy Practice Essential Concepts and Skills-University Press (2012)

Growing numbers of people throughout the world are living healthier and

longer lives, in part due to the availability and use of medicines to treat or

prevent a variety of health conditions. This progress, however, is uneven for

many reasons, including a marked variability in therapeutic knowledge and

practice skills, resources and affordability, adherence to practice guidelines,

and team approach to patient care.

The concepts and skills of clinical pharmacy practice are relevant to all

pharmacists as members of healthcare teams concerned with the effective,

safe and economic use of medicines. Pharmacists working in hospital

pharmacy, community pharmacy, drug or medicines information, clinical

research, government and non-government organisations, teaching and

research will all find this book of relevance to their work. The authors seek to

answer the question ‘How do clinical pharmacists practice?’ rather than

‘What do clinical pharmacists need to know about drugs and therapeutics?’.

As such this new edition of A Textbook of Clinical Pharmacy Practice:

Essential Concepts and Skills complements other textbooks, which focus on

applied therapeutics, and both types of text are needed to prepare pharmacists

for clinical practice. The book is a recommended text for the M Pharm,

Pharmacy Practice and Pharm D programmes.

New chapters in this second edition include Community Pharmacy

Practice, Medication Use in Pregnancy and Lactation, Poison Information

and Ethical Issues in Clinical Research. A number of other chapters have

been completely revised, including Essential Medicines and Rational Drug

Use, Drug Information and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring. All chapters begin

with learning objectives, which should be reviewed again once the chapter

has been studied. Many chapters include updated case studies, practice

scenarios and exercises to illustrate the way concepts and skills may be 

applied in daily clinical practice. Key messages are summarised at the

conclusion of each chapter and highlight important ‘take home’ messages and

principles. Reading suggestions and relevant websites assist further study of

each topic. A list of medical abbreviations is included and a comprehensive

glossary and index can be found at the end of the book. New appendices

include reference ranges for common laboratory investigations and how to

take a medication history.

The most appropriate treatment approach in any specific clinical situation

will vary between practice settings and as new evidence becomes available.

The treatment regimens used in case studies, practice scenarios and examples

are used to illustrate practice concepts and skills, and when applying these in

clinical practice, readers should refer to the latest treatment guidelines.

As with the first edition, we have been fortunate that many highly

respected Indian and international authors have contributed chapters, and we

wish to sincerely thank them for their generous participation. The invaluable

assistance of Madhavi Sethupathi at Universities Press is gratefully

acknowledged, as is the support of our respective departments and colleagues.

Finally, we wish to thank all those who have utilised this book and

provided feedback to us since publication of the first edition in 2004. We

hope that this new edition fulfils your expectations.