Prescribing at a Glance
October 2014, ©2014, Wiley-Blackwell
The principles of drug therapies are fundamental to medical practitioners in all branches; but are often difficult to get to grips with. Prescribing at a Glance addresses the most common uses of prescription drugs, and follows progress from dose calculation, administration to monitoring the effects in the treatments of major presenting problems.
With a focus on prescribing, this user-friendly guide helps practitioners to develop crucial knowledge and skills, including establishing accurate drug histories, planning appropriate therapies, writing safe and legal prescriptions, critically appraising the prescribing of others, patient support, accessing reliable information about medicines, and detecting adverse drug reactions.
Prescribing at a Glance::
- Features detailed and high-quality colour illustrations throughout
- Includes examples of common prescribing errors, practice prescriptions and calculations
- Follows the structure of the WHO Good Prescribing Guide, and corresponds to the core curriculum of the British Pharmacological Society
- Is the perfect guide to help you prepare for the Prescribing Skills Assessment (PSA)
- Includes a companion website featuring interactive MCQs and cases, available at www.ataglanceseries.com/prescribing
From the series that brought you Medical Pharmacology at a Glance, and designed to help those in the later stages of their medical training become adept at the skills required for a vital yet often confusing subject – Prescribing at a Glance will help you fill in any knowledge gaps with simple step-by-step instructions, and clear, easy-to-remember guidelines.
How to use your textbook vi
About the companion website ix
Part 1 Basic principles of prescribing 1
1 Introduction: principles of good prescribing 2
2 Revision: pharmacokinetics 4
3 Using the British National Formulary 6
4 Taking a medication history 8
5 Reviewing current medicines 10
Part 2 Drug selection 13
6 How to choose a drug 14
7 How to choose frequency 15
8 How to choose a dose 16
9 How to choose route of administration and formulation 18
10 How to choose duration of treatment, define treatment objectives and measure outcomes 20
11 Assessing suitability of treatment regimens for patients 21
12 Worked example 1: Chapters 6–11 22
13 Worked example 2: Chapters 6–11 23
Part 3 Prescribing for special groups 25
14 Prescribing in liver disease 26
15 Prescribing in renal disease 28
16 Prescribing in children 30
17 Prescribing in the elderly 32
18 Prescribing in pregnancy and breast feeding 34
Part 4 Logistics of prescribing 37
19 How to write a drug prescription 38
20 Communicating with patients about medicines 40
21 Therapeutic drug monitoring 42
22 Dealing with adverse drug reactions 44
23 Avoiding drug interactions (drugs, food and alternative medicines) 46
24 Avoiding prescribing errors 48
Part 5 Specific drug groups 51
25 Using drugs for the gastrointestinal system 52
26 Using drugs for the cardiovascular system I 54
27 Using drugs for the cardiovascular system II 56
28 Using drugs for the cardiovascular system III 58
29 Using drugs for the respiratory system 60
30 Using drugs for the neurological system I 62
31 Using drugs for the neurological system II 64
32 Using drugs for infection 66
33 Using drugs for the endocrine system I 68
34 Using drugs for the endocrine system II 70
35 How to use drugs for the musculoskeletal system 72
36 Using drugs in haematology and oncology 74
37 Using drugs in anaesthesia 76
38 An approach to common prescribing requests I 78
39 An approach to common prescribing requests II 80
Appendix Cross references to Prescribing Scenarios at a Glance 81
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