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100 MTM Tips for the Pharmacist

The author has gathered tried-and-true tips from a wide range of contributors, including practicing and retired pharmacists, educators, and consumers.  The 100 concise recommendations are organized by subject category such as physician-pharmacist collaborative relationships; payment, billing, and reconciliation; and identifying, monitoring, and education patients.  Among the wide-ranging tips are these: start small and build, develop a physician newsletter, use CPT codes.

Applied Therapeutics: The Clinical Use of Drugs (Ninth Edition; hardcover only)

This widely used text uses a case-based approach to help students master the fundamentals of drug therapeutics. Students will learn the basics of common diseases and disorders and develop practical problem-solving skills for devising and implementing successful drug treatment regimens. Case studies integrated into each chapter illustrate key concepts and principles of therapeutics and give students practice in developing their own evidence-based therapeutic plans.

Best Practices for Medical Educators

Best Practices for Medical Educators was conceived and developed to be a change agent for medical educators. The premise of this book is that combining the science of communication with the communication of science creates an incrementally more valuable exchange for both the instructor and the learner. The principles, concepts, and illustrations included in the book will raise the effectiveness of those who teach.

Building Motivational Interviewing Skills: A Practitioner Workbook

Developing expertise in motivational interviewing (MI) takes practice, which is exactly the point of this engaging, user-friendly workbook. The volume is packed with real-world examples from a range of clinical settings, as well as sample interactions and hands-on learning activities. The author is an experienced MI researcher, clinician, and trainer who facilitates learning with quizzes, experiential exercises, and reproducible worksheets.

Case Studies: Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology

This new edition of Stahl’s Essential Psychopharmacology describes treatment options for a wide range of psychiatric disorders, explains what to try next if an intervention fails, and highlights possible mistakes and pitfalls so that the reader does not have to make them. It is based on the new requirements for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology's 10-year recertification process.

Clinical Handbook of Psychotropic Drugs [Spiral-bound]

Fully updated and expanded, in full color with intuitive icons throughout, packed with new and expanded comparison charts, and now with patient handouts as printable PDFs the classic reference to psychotropic medications is now more user-friendly than ever!

Clinical Manual of Cultural Psychiatry (First Edition; paperback)

Representing the clinical state of the art in culturally competent assessment and treatment, and providing important information on the four main racial/ethnic minority groups (African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos/Hispanics, and Native Americans and Alaska Natives), the Clinical Manual of Cultural Psychiatry synthesizes the collected wisdom from the editor's 10 years of teaching cultural psychiatry as a CME course with the professional experience of seven other contributors in using and teaching about DSM-IV's Outline for Cultural Formulation.

Clinical Manual of Electroconvulsive Therapy

The authors of Clinical Manual of Electroconvulsive Therapy offer this volume to help psychiatrists successfully incorporate electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) into their clinical practices. ECT remains the definitive treatment for a variety of mental disorders because it is often effective when other treatments fail. The book updates the 1985 original and 1998 second edition of Electroconvulsive Therapy: A Programmed Text, and provides readers with a scheduled approach to understanding the fundamental concepts of ECT while offering practical guidance for establishing and maintaining an ECT program.

Clinical Neurology for Psychiatrists (Sixth Edition; hardcover only)

The sixth edition of this popular favorite is ideal for board review, as well as for clinical reference on neurologic illnesses that can cause or mimic psychiatric symptoms. First it reviews anatomic neurology, describes how to approach patients with suspected neurologic disorders and correlates physical signs. Then it addresses clinical areas such as relevant history, easily performed examinations, differential diagnosis, and management approaches, and reviews psychiatric comorbidity.

Clinician’s Guide to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Clinician's Guide to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder brings together an international group of expert clinicians and researchers who address core issues facing mental health professionals, including:

  • Assessing and treating trauma exposure and posttraumatic morbidity
  • Controversies and clinical implications of differences of opinion among researchers on the definition and diagnosis of the condition
  • Treating the full range of posttraumatic reactions
  • Cross-cultural perspectives on posttraumatic stress

Concise Guide to Evidence-Based Psychiatry

Concise Guide to Evidence-Based Psychiatry (EBP) is a must-have resource for informed decision-making in psychiatric practice today. This single, easy-to-use reference will enable practitioners to find answers to clinical questions, critically appraise articles, and apply the results of their findings to patients. This practical handbook provides quick access to EBP theories, tools, and methods. Concise Guide to Evidence-Based Psychiatry is a one-stop reference for using the literature to improve patient outcomes.

Designing Clinical Research – 3rd Ed

Designing Clinical Research sets the standard for providing a practical guide to planning, tabulating, formulating, and implementing clinical research, with an easy-to-read, uncomplicated presentation. This edition incorporates current research methodology—including molecular and genetic clinical research—and offers an updated syllabus for conducting a clinical research workshop.

Emphasis is on common sense as the main ingredient of good science. The book explains how to choose well-focused research questions and details the steps through all the elements of study design, data collection, quality assurance, and basic grant-writing. All chapters have been thoroughly revised, updated, and made more user-friendly.Show More

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV-TR (Fourth Edition Text Revision; paperback)

Since the DSM-IV® was published in 1994, we’ve seen many advances in our knowledge of psychiatric illness. This Text Revision incorporates information culled from a comprehensive literature review of research about mental disorders published since DSM-IV® was completed in 1994. Updated information is included about the associated features, culture, age, and gender features, prevalence, course, and familial pattern of mental disorders.

Essential Psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific Basis and Practical Applications (Third Edition; paperback)

Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology is intended as a primer text for this field, and can be read cover to cover by anyone from the novice to the expert. Expanded and fully revised, this third edition enlists advances in neurobiology and recent clinical developments to explain with renewed clarity the concepts underlying drug treatment of psychiatric disorders. Features of this edition are clinical advances in antipsychotic and antidepressant therapy. It includes new coverage of sleep disorders, chronic pain, and disorders of impulse control.

Essentials of Clinical Psychopharmacology (Second Edition; paperback)

This new edition of Essentials of Clinical Psychopharmacology is a synopsis and update of the most clinically relevant material from The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Psychopharmacology, Third Edition. The Essentials focuses on the aspects of psychopharmacology directly related to clinical care and will appeal to psychiatry residents, primary care physicians, and others interested in a concise tutorial on clinical psychopharmacology.

Handbook of Psychiatric Measures (Second Edition; harcover only)

The Handbook of Psychiatric Measures, Second Edition, offers a compendium of the most noteworthy, widely used, and important new efforts in clinical and research measures. Clinicians, researchers, and managed care administrators will have at their fingertips expert assessment of over 275 measures in a wide array of domains, including a review of each measure's clinical utility, goals, practical issues, and psychometric properties.

Improving Mental Healthcare, A Guide to Measurement-Based Quality Improvement

"This outstanding book provides a comprehensive framework for the use of quality indicators within the context of quality improvement initiatives in real practice. Dr. Hermann provides for the field a comprehensive set of measures in use in practice, as well as research studies, during an active period of development of the quality of care and quality improvement field.

Kaplan and Sadock's Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry (Ninth Edition; 2 volume set - hardcover only)

Throughout eight prior editions, "CTP" has been established as the cornerstone text in the field of psychiatry and mental health. This Ninth Edition provides a wealth of new and updated information in neural science, genetics, neuropsychiatry, psychopharmacotherapy, and other key areas.

Kaplan and Sadock's Synopsis of Psychiatry: Behavioral Sciences/Clinical Psychiatry, North American Edition (Tenth Edition; paperback)

The best-selling general psychiatry text since 1972, Kaplan and Sadock's Synopsis of Psychiatry is now in its thoroughly updated Tenth Edition. This complete, concise overview of the entire field of psychiatry is a staple board review text for psychiatry residents and is popular with a broad range of students in medicine, clinical psychology, social work, nursing, and occupational therapy, as well as practitioners in all these areas.

Manual of Clinical Psychopharmacology (Seventh Edition; paperback)

Since publication of the first edition of the Manual of Clinical Psychopharmacology in 1986, the number of psychotropic medications has expanded greatly, and these medications are being used in unforeseen and unprecedented ways.

Motivational Interviewing in Health Care-Helping Patients Change Behavior

Much of health care today involves helping patients manage conditions whose outcomes can be greatly influenced by lifestyle or behavior change. Written specifically for health care professionals, this concise book presents powerful tools to enhance communication with patients and guide them in making choices to improve their health, from weight loss, exercise, and smoking cessation, to medication adherence and safer sex practices.

Motivational Interviewing in Health Care: Helping Patients Change Behavior (Applications of Motivational Interviewing)

Much of health care today involves helping patients manage conditions whose outcomes can be greatly influenced by lifestyle or behavior change. Written specifically for health care professionals, this concise book presents powerful tools to enhance communication with patients and guide them in making choices to improve their health, from weight loss, exercise, and smoking cessation, to medication adherence and safer sex practices. Engaging dialogues and vignettes bring to life the core skills of motivational interviewing (MI) and show how to incorporate this brief evidence-based approach into any health care setting. Appendices include MI training resources and publications on specific medical conditions.

Movies And Mental Illness: Using Films To Understand Psychopathology (2nd edition)

Films are a powerful medium for teaching students of psychology, social work, medicine, nursing, counseling and also literature or media studies about psychopathology. The 15 core clinical chapters of Movies and Mental Illness thus each use a case history along with synopses and scenes from one or two specific, often well known films to explain and teach students about the most important disorders encountered in clinical practice.

Neuropsychopharmacology: The Fifth Generation of Progress ( First Edition; hardcover only)

Details advances in the basic science and clinical application of recent research in psychopharmacology. Also demonstrates the prospects for greater advances in the future. Extensive references and illustrations. DNLM: Psychopharmacology—methods.

PDQ (Pretty Darned Quick) Statistics (3rd Edition)

PDQ Statistics, Third Edition, offers an expert overview of all major statistical methods, giving the reader a thorough understanding of statistics and how they are used in research articles. The book covers the major categories variable and descriptive statistics, parametric statistics, non-parametric statistics, and multivariate statistics. The explanations are clear, succinct, and loaded with practical examples. This third edition includes new chapters on hierarchical and logistic regression, path analysis, and structural equation modeling. PDQ Statistics, Third Edition also helps the reader identify those statistical analyses with basic flaws in design or research. The book’s attractive design and humorous writing style make the subject matter accessible and engaging.

Pharmaceutical Care Practice: The Clinician's Guide

The most practical approach to pharmaceutical care!  Provides all the principles and practice components for the pharmaceutical care practice course in the pharmacy curriculum.  Thoroughly revised and updated, this edition includes expanded coverage of reimbursement, documentation, and data models associated with the practice.

Positivity: Top-Notch Research Reveals the 3 to 1 Ratio That Will Change Your Life

Published in 2009, this 288-page (print) book describes the use and impact of positivity in our lives, and supports ideas with works in the areas of literature, education, psychology, business, medicine, contemporary popular culture, and more. The book is largely divided into two parts. The first part sets the foundation for positivity and second part guides readers to look at their own level of positivity, while providing guidance to achieving greater levels of positivity using various perspectives, exercises and toolkits. Each of the 12 chapters across the two parts has its own set of works cited for further reference and exploration.

Principles of Addiction Medicine (Fourth Edition; hardcover only)

This respected text from the American Society of Addiction Medicine is valuable for all physicians and mental-health personnel who specialize in addiction medicine and who treat patients with addiction disorders. The chapters blend scientific principles underlying addiction with the practical essentials of clinical addiction medicine.

Psychotropic Drug Handbook, 8th Edition

This succinct handbook provides students and practitioners with clinically relevant psychotropic drug information. The Eighth Edition is designed as a reference text that also teaches by delivering informative narrative text under standard headlines with references. Its focus goes beyond drug information to cover pharmacotherapy applications.

The author is a 2013 Meeting Speaker: A Review of Toxidromes: Recognition and Management

Qualitative Methods in Public Health: A Field Guide for Applied Research

Qualitative Methods in Public Health is a comprehensive resource that presents practical strategies and methods for using qualitative research and includes the basic logic and rationale for making qualitative research decisions. This important book outlines the complexities, advantages, and limitations of qualitative methods and offers information and step-by-step procedures for every phase of research from theory to study design, data collection, analysis, interpretation, writing, and dissemination. Written for faculty, students, and practitioners in public health research, promotion, and education Qualitative Methods in Public Health will help those with prior research experience expand their repertoire to include qualitative methods. The book also contains up-to-date illustrations from a  wealth of topics such as reproductive choice, sexual risk and protection, gender relations, and other areas critical to understanding population, health, and disease. Qualitative Methods in Public Health includes 

  • Examples of mixed qualitative-quantitative research design
  • Guidelines for discussions, sample budgets, and caveats for planning and implementing focus groups
  • Sample agenda for training interviewers 
  • A summary of needed critical appraisal skills
  • Tips on where to publish the results
  • Sample brochure to share qualitative study findings with participating  communities
  • A comprehensive index

Quick Reference to the Diagnositic Criteria From the DSM-IV-TR (paperback)

The Quick Reference to the Diagnostic Criteria From DSM-IV-TR® is a handy, low priced companion to the ultimate psychiatric reference, DSM-IV-TR®. It includes all the diagnostic criteria from DSM-IV-TR® in an easy-to-use, paperback format.

Rating Scales in Mental Health (Second Edition; paperback)

Text provides information on the use of rating scales in mental health assessment. Presents more than 110 specific scales and includes the general concepts regarding the use of rating scales. Discusses more than 110 different commonly used rating scales.

Rating Scales in Parkinson's Disease: Clinical Practice and Research

For many years, the need to develop valid tools to evaluate signs and symptoms of Parkinson Disease (PD) has been present. However the understanding of all intricacies of rating scales development was not widely available and the first attempts were relatively crude. In 2002, the Movement Disorders Society created a task force to systemize the measurement of Parkinson's Disease. Since then, the Task Force has produced and published several critiques to the available rating scales addressing both motor and non-motor domains of Parkinson Disease. Additionally the task force initiated a project to develop a new version of the UPDRS, the MDS-UPDRS. But none of this was made available in one convenient source. Until now.

Still Alice

Still Alice is a compelling debut novel about a 50-year-old woman's sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer's disease, written by first-time author Lisa Genova, who holds a Ph. D in neuroscience from Harvard University.

Studying a Study & Testing a Test: How to Read the Medical Evidence (Fifth Edition; paperback)

In today's rapidly changing world of clinical practice, old assumptions quickly fall under the weight of new evidence. But to make effective clinical decisions, you must face a deluge of data published in the health research literature.

The Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines (Tenth Edition; paperback)

One of the most widely used guides to prescribing psychiatric medications, the Tenth Edition of Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines returns with fully updated content and new sections on the latest topics of interest in the field of psychiatry.

The Mental Status Exam Explained (second Edition) c2002

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Pocket guide is condensed from the author’s Brain Calipers: A Guide to a Successful Mental Status Exam, second edition, c2001. Provides a concise and practical introduction to the exam. For residents and clinicians. Softcover.

The Neuropsychiatry of Epilepsy, 2nd Edition

The neuropsychiatry of epilepsy has come to the forefront of research in recent years. Comorbidity of epilepsy with behavioral problems is now widely recognised, and the neuroscientific basis for comorbidity is an active area of investigation. This new edition is a must for anyone involved in diagnosing or managing epilepsy.

The No Asshole Rule

The No Asshole Rule was awarded a Quill Award as the Best Business Book of 2007.

When Robert Sutton's "No Asshole Rule" appeared in the Harvard Business Review, readers of this staid publication were amazed at the outpouring of support for this landmark essay. The idea was based on the notion, as adapted in hugely successful companies like Google and SAS, that employees with malicious intents or negative attitudes destroyed any sort of productive and pleasant working environment, and would hinder the entire operation's success.

The Rationale Use of Psychotropic Medication for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities: Pathways to and from Polypharmacy

This book features 122 pages of practice- and evidence-based perspectives on the safe use of psychotropic agents across six chapters and three appendices. Each chapter presents general, but instrumental, and timeless tenets of patient care. While the book itself is dated at 2007, a variety of primary, secondary and tertiary literature references, and graphs that are easy to navigate, give this short read great credibility and utility. Complete citations to all referenced works are provided at the end. Finally, worksheets are presented which may prove useful to clinical educators in psychiatry across the professions.

The Research Methods Knowledge Base

Thoroughly updated, the third edition of The Research Methods Knowledge Base provides coverage of quantitative methods and enhanced coverage of qualitative methods. It can be used in a variety of disciplines and is ideal for an introductory comprehensive undergraduate or graduate level course. Through its conversational, informal style it makes material that is often challenging for students both accessible and understandable. The Research Methods Knowledge Base, 3e covers everything from the development of a research question to the writing of a final report, describing both practical and technical issues of sampling, measurement, design and analysis

Uppers, Downers, All Arounders: Physical and Mental Effects of Psychoactive Drugs (Seventh Edition; paperback)

This edition incorporates the most current and comprehensive information on the physiology, neurochemistry and sociology of drugs in to one of the best test/reference books on the subject. Recommended reading for AOD counseling certification and adopted by hundreds of colleges and universities as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, this text provides readers at every level with a thoughtful and through examination of the physical and mental effects of psychoactive drugs and compulsive behaviors.