Handbook of Institutional Pharmacy Practice, 4th Edition

ISBN: 9781585281145
ISBN-10: 158528114X
Copyright: 2006
Edition: 4th
Author: Brown, Thomas R.
Doody's Expert Review    Score: 79
Reviewer: Patrick McDonnell,  PharmD  (Temple University School of Pharmacy)
This handbook provides an overview of areas of hospital pharmacy practice, primarily with summaries of system policies and best practice recommendations. A historical viewpoint of several areas of institutional practice is also highlighted here.
The purpose is to provide readers with an understanding of, and preparation for, the practice of pharmacy primarily in the hospital setting.
This is written primarily for students, providing as it does a historical context of hospital pharmacy practice and a summary of different areas in day-to-day operations in institutional pharmacy. Although it appears the authors have geared this book to pharmacy students, some practitioners may also enjoy the read.
The book gives an overview of healthcare systems in a historical content. Topics include areas of institutional practice from purely inpatient, to outpatient clinic, to long term care settings. The book also highlights hospice and home care, with an introduction to the pharmaceutical industry. Where practitioners may find the book more interesting are in the areas of policy and procedures, including medication safety, informatics, compounding, controlled substances management, and automation in practice, to name just a few of the many topics covered in this comprehensive book.
Many books cover in detail topics in the individual chapters of this book, but this handbook does provide an all inclusive resource to get a glimpse of many topics.
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1-10 Is this a worthwhile contribution to the field? 8
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