Divided into three sections, this text first looks at the consultation with the patient, and outlines legal, professional and ethical frameworks which guide medical and non-medical prescribing. The second section is devoted to evidence-based practice, highlighting key skills essential to all clinicians. This section encourages the student to identify why evidence-based practice should underpin prescribing decisions. The third and final section is concerned with pharmacology. The student is introduced to basic concepts of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics, adverse drug reactions and variability of response. The importance of these pharmacological principles is highlighted throughout the subsequent discussion of drug groups affecting major body systems.
Key features: * Pulls together all key elements of prescribing using an integrated approach * 'Stop and Think' boxes and practice application activities provided throughout, enabling the reader to link theory to practice * Key terms and glossary provided
This text is invaluable for all nursing, health and medical students taking courses in prescribing and pharmacology.