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Preface

I n the preface to the first edition of Clinical Skills for


Pharmacists, I described how the book was developed,
the organization, structure, and format of the book, as
Pharmacy, was updated to reflect the current state
of pharmacy practice, including medication therapy
management, medication reconciliation, and pharmacy-
well as my hopes for the book. I ended the preface by based immunization. Cultural diversity and telecommu-
stating that the book was a work in progress and that all nication were added to Chapter 2, Communication Skills
suggestions for improvement were welcome. Although for the Pharmacist. The immunization history as a com-
I thought the book was unique, and hoped it would ponent of the medication history, examples illustrating
find a useful niche within the profession, I was unsure each component of the medication history, and a medi-
of its acceptance. I have been quite surprised by the cation history checklist were added to Chapter 3, Taking
overwhelmingly positive response the first two editions Medication Histories. Chapter 4, Physical Assessment Skills,
of the book have elicited. Although my students delight was expanded and reorganized to provide more contextu-
in pointing out the occasional typographical error or al context for pharmacists, including checklists for assess-
inconsistency, feedback regarding the style and content ing skills performance. A new biomarker section was
has been consistently positive. The book has found a added to Chapter 5, Review of Laboratory and Diagnostic
niche as a unique compilation of skill-related topics, and Tests. Examples illustrating each component of the struc-
is complementary to clerkship manuals and physical tured patient case were added to Chapter 6, The Patient
assessment, pharmacotherapeutics, and ethics textbooks. Case Presentation. More examples and guidance were
The third edition has been completely updated. The added to Chapter 7, Therapeutics Planning, and Chapter
book is now in color and in a larger format. More than 8, Monitoring Drug Therapies. Chapter 9, Researching and
100 images (figures, photographs, illustrations), most in Providing Drug Information, was completely updated and
color, were added to this edition. A list of chapter acro- example drug information questions, including answer,
nyms was added to the book, for easy reference. Also new source, and comments were added. A discussion of con-
to the third edition are chapter-specific application exer- temporary pharmacy-related ethical issues, including
cises. Located at the end of each chapter, the application conscientious objection, and issues related to confiden-
exercises are best completed in small groups, though they tiality and research were added to Chapter 10, Ethics in
can be completed individually. Pharmacy and Health Care.
Approximately one-third of the book content is new. This book remains a work in progress. Comments and
Basic clinical pharmacy skills remain the focus of the suggestions for improvement are always welcome.
book, but the skills have been expanded to facilitate
longitudinal development throughout the pharmacy cur- Karen J. Tietze
riculum. Chapter 1, Introduction: The Practice of Clinical

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