- A Key Drugs focus highlights the most commonly used and most representative drugs of each major drug class — with particular emphasis on the top 100 most commonly prescribed drugs.
- Emphasis on patient teaching helps you communicate with patients and family caregivers to promote adherence to the drug regimen.
- Emphasis on health promotion describes how to help patients stay well and improve their health, including coverage of immunizations and biologicals, vitamins, weight management, and smoking cessation.
- Evidence-Based Decision-Making and Treatment Guidelines chapter (11) provides practical guidelines for using the best current research evidence to make decisions about the care of individual patients.
- Extensive coverage of drug therapy for special populations such as geriatric and pediatric patients includes considerations related to age, pregnancy, race, and other factors.
- UNIQUE! Coverage of prescriptive practice includes topics such as prescriptive authority, role implementation, and the role of nurses (NPs, CNMs, CRNAs, and CNSs) and physician assistants in writing prescriptions.
PART ONE: ESSENTIAL CONCEPTS FOR THE PRESCRIPTION OF MEDICATIONS
Unit 1: Foundations of Prescriptive Practice
1. Prescriptive Authority and Role Implementation: Tradition vs. Change
2. Historical Review of Prescriptive Authority: The Role of Nurses (NPs, CNMs, CRNAs, and CNSs) and Physician Assistants
Unit 2: Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics
3. General Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamic Principles
4. Special Populations: Geriatrics
5. Special Populations: Pediatrics
6. Special Populations: Pregnant and Nursing Women
7. Over-the-Counter Medications
8. Complementary and Alternative Therapies
Unit 3: The Art and Science of Pharmacotherapeutics
9. Establishing the Therapeutic Relationship
10. Practical Tips on Writing Prescriptions
11. Evidence-Based Decision-Making and Treatment Guidelines
12. Design and Implementation of Patient Education
PART TWO: DRUG MONOGRAPHS
Unit 4: Topical Agents
13. Dermatologic Agents
14. Eye, Ear, Throat, and Mouth Agents
Unit 5: Respiratory Agents
15. Upper Respiratory Agents
16. Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Medications
Unit 6: Cardiovascular Agents
17. Hypertension and Miscellaneous Antihypertensive Medications
18. Coronary Artery Disease and Antianginal Medications
19. Heart Failure and Digoxin
21. Calcium Channel Blockers
22. ACE Inhibitors and Angiotensin Receptor Blockers
23. Antiarrhythmic Agents
24. Antihyperlipidemic Agents
25. Agents that Act on Blood
Unit 7: Gastrointestinal Agents
26. Antacids and the Management of GERD
27. Histamine-2 Blockers and Proton Pump Inhibitors
31. Medications for Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Other Gastrointestinal Problems
Unit 8: Renal/Genitourinary Agents