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AccessPharmacy: Pharmacotherapy Principles and Practice

What Is Pharmacotherapy Principles and Practice?


Pharmacotherapy Principles and Practice ( from McGraw Hill Medical is a micro-collection of this popular pharmacotherapy text and its accompanying study guide. Offered together on one microsite, the collection gives instructors more flexibility and students even broader content through the AccessPharmacy platform optimized for viewing on any device.

Pharmacotherapy: Principles and Practice is a concise, authoritative text edited by Marie A. Chisholm-Burns, Barbara G. Wells, Terry L. Schwinghammer, Patrick M. Malone, Jill M. Kolesar, and Joseph T. DiPiro—luminaries in the field of pharmacy education. Pharmacotherapy Principles and Practice Study Guide is a case-based companion workbook edited by Michael D. Katz, Kathryn R. Matthias, and Marie A. Chisholm-Burns.

This micro-collection provides unique benefits that deliver indispensable support in pharmacy education through these exclusive features:

  • More than just a print textbook—Search for the specific content you need in a dynamic new digital format
  • Learn patient interaction—Work through cases step by step to grasp important concepts in clinical care
  • All your favorite resources in one place—AccessPharmacy and Pharmacotherapy Principles and Practice is the ultimate digital package for comprehensive pharmacy education

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Note: You may need to connect to your institution's subscription for access to the resources in this LibGuide.

MyAccess Profile

To engage with Pharmacotherapy Principles and Practice and its content and resources, users need to create a free MyAccess profile (upper-right sign in dropdown menu) in the site. Users are encouraged to login each time they use the site. Download the PDF flyer below to learn more about creating a MyAccess profile.

Linking to Content

Instructors can link to content in Pharmacotherapy Principles and Practice through their LMS using the durable URLs found in the browser of all text and chapter content, multimedia, cases, study tools, and other content. For a tutorial on how to link to content in Pharmacotherapy Principles and Practice via durable URLs, please view the brief video below.

What Is Pharmacotherapy Principles & Practice?

Pharmacotherapy Principles and Practice, 6e

All the main concepts from the landmark Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach distilled down to a concise, clinically focused, full-color resource.

Pharmacotherapy Principles & Practice uses a solid evidence-based approach to teach you how to design, implement, monitor, and evaluate medication therapy. Updated with additional content and reflecting the latest findings, this sixth edition provides everything you need to gain an in-depth understanding of the underlying principles of the pharmacotherapy of disease and their practical application. All chapters were written or reviewed by pharmacists, nurse practitioners, physician assists, and physicians recognized by authorities in their fields.

The book opens with an insightful introductory chapter and is followed by five chapters focused on specific populations: pediatrics, geriatrics, palliative care, critical care, and global health and travel medicine. The subsequent 97 disease-based chapters cover epidemiology, etiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation and diagnosis, and nonpharmacologic therapy, followed by clear recommendations for medication selection, desired outcomes, dosing, and patient monitoring.

Features of the sixth edition:

  • Updated patient encounter cases sharpen critical-thinking skills and lend clinical relevant to scientific principles
  • New chapters cover: 
    • Critical care pharmacotherapy
    • Global health and travel medicine
    • Systematic lupus erythematous
    • Nose, mouth, and throat disorders
  • New content on circulatory shock syndromes, trauma-related anxiety disorder, otic disorders, and antimicrobial stewardship
  • Structured learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter
  • Key concepts, identified by icons, highlight the disease, patient assessment, and treatment
  • Patient care process section modeling the Joint Commission of Pharmacy Practitioners (JCCP) Pharmacists' Patient Care Process
  • Up-to-date literature citations for each chapter
  • Table, figures, algorithms, and defined medical abbreviations
  • Self-assessment questions and answers in the Online Learning Center
  • Valuable table of common laboratory tests and reference ranges

(Source: McGraw Hill)

Pharmacotherapy Principles and Practice Faculty Email Templates

Use our faculty email templates to remind your colleagues of the resources available to them through your institution's Pharmacotherapy Principles and Practice subscription. This list includes a general email highlighting relevant pharmacy resources.

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Cases in Pharmacotherapy Principles and Practice provide materials for short, targeted case-based learning. They vary slightly, but for each case you get a patient history and systems review, short answer questions, clinical pearls, references, and a comprehensive quiz. The results of the quizzes can be emailed and collected for a grade, e.g., student to instructor. Cases are durable URL-enabled and can be linked to in coursework, e.g., LMS course page, lecture slides, syllabus, etc. See the "Linking to Content" box in this guide to find out more about linking to content on Pharmacotherapy Principles and Practice for course integration.

Click here to view all cases from Pharmacotherapy Principles and Practice Study Guide, 6e, including:

  • Cardiovascular Disorders
  •  Respiratory Disorders
  •  Gastrointestinal Disorders
  •  Renal Disorders
  •  Neurologic Disorders
  •  Psychiatric Disorders
  •  Endocrinologic Disorders
  •  Gynecologic and Obstetric Disorders
  •  Urologic Disorders
  •  Immunologic Disorders
  •  Bone and Joint Disorders
  •  Disorders of The Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Throat
  •  Dermatologic Disorders
  •  Hematologic Disorders
  •  Diseases of Infectious Origin
  •  Oncologic Disorders
  •  Nutrition and Nutritional Disorders

Review Questions

Review Questions in multiple editions of Pharmacotherapy Principles & Practice are great for self-assessment with review Q&A. Users can generate random and custom quizzes from the texts, and the results can be emailed (nearly 3,000 Q&A available).

Pharmacotherapy Principles and Practice 6e

Pharmacotherapy Principles and Practice 5e