ASHP Best Practices 2014-2015 2014-2015
The most comprehensive set of quality guidelines available to the pharmacy profession. More than half a century ago, ASHP(R) developed its earliest proposed practice standard-the Proposed Minimum Standards for Pharmacies in Hospitals. Today, ASHP continues to foster concrete improvements in pharmacy practice and in the therapeutic use of drugs with its annual compilation of ASHP guidance documents: ASHP Best Practices. These guidance documents have stimulated improvements in pharmacy practice and operations, influenced accreditation standards, laws, and regulations (both in the United States and in other countries), and contributed to an awareness among consumers and policymakers of the vital patient care role of pharmacists. ASHP positions and more than 70 ASHP guidance documents of varying scope that provide ongoing advice to practitioners and health systems to help improve the medication-use process, patient care and safety, and patient outcomes and quality of life.
- Hardback | 776 pages
- 216 x 282 x 40mm | 1,619.97g
- 01 Oct 2014
- American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
- Bethesda, United States
- Revised ed.
ASHP Best Practices 2014-2015 By ASHP _______________________________________________________________ Doody Review Services, June 29, 2015 [REVIEWER'S EXPERT OPINION] Lawrence P Carey, BS, PharmD (Temple University School of Pharmacy) **Description** This is a compendium of ASHP guidelines, statements, and technical assistance bulletins to assist health-system pharmacists in the execution of their duties. These documents comprise best practices for health-systems and health-system pharmacists. This book has been published annually since 1984. **Purpose** The purpose is to provide guidance and direction to practitioners as they strive toward best practice in their pharmacy work. This book gives pharmacists a road map to establish reasonable yet attainable goals. It may also help with compliance from a regulatory and administrative perspective. **Audience** The introduction states that it is written primarily for pharmacy practitioners, and as a publication of ASHP, I would say that the target audience would be hospital or health-system practitioners. Pharmacy students also may benefit as they go through their training and want to learn what best practice is and compare it to what they see during their internships. All of the authors of the various documents in this compendium are considered to be content experts and thought leaders in their respective disciplines. **Features** The book contains comprehensive documents that explain how pharmacists should practice in a variety of settings, including inpatient, ambulatory, and home care. There are also documents covering automation in pharmacy, procurement and preparation of drugs, ethical behavior, and formulary management. For obvious reasons, a lot of the documents deal with health-system practice, but certainly practitioners in other practice venues also will find useful information in this book. Readers will be hard-pressed to find an area of pharmacy practice that is not covered. The book is not particularly innovative or colorful, but it covers a wide range of topics helpful to practicing pharmacists. **Assessment** There really are no other books like this. Other organizations in pharmacy publish compendiums of their own statements and guidelines based on their practice site focus (i.e. community practice, managed care, etc.), so it is difficult to compare this to those publications. This book does need annual updates as guidelines and statements change. ----------------------------------------------------------- Weighted Numerical Score: 94 - 4 Stars! --Lawrence P Carey, BS, PharmD"Doody Review Services" (06/29/2015)"