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This textbook is intended to fill the significant resource gaps in patient assessment needed by pharmacists to provide optimal patient-centered pharmacy services including primary care. Existing pharmacy materials do not include the necessary breadth and depth in these areas. This textbook is intended to help pharmacists integrate the pathophysiology, findings from history taking, physical examination, and laboratory test interpretation to make accurate assessments in two areas. The first helps the pharmacist make a more accurate diagnosis and thus enables them to better advise patients regarding appropriate use of products intended for self-care or accurately refer patients to higher levels of care if indicated. The second area is to enhance the pharmacist's ability to assist patients in the management of their chronic diseases, outlining monitoring parameters for disease control, early detection of disease-based complications, and drug therapy–based adverse effects. In addition, the textbook will enhance pharmacist's ability to counsel patients about both prescription and nonprescription medications, enhance their ability to communicate with other health care professionals, and assist in identification of potential drug-related problems.

Richard N. Herrier, Pharm. D., FAPhA, CAPT., USPHS (Ret.)
David A. Apgar, Pharm. D., PA-C (1976-78), CAPT., USPHS (Ret.)
Robert W. Boyce, RPh, FASHP, CAPT., USPHS (Ret.)
Stephan L. Foster, Pharm. D., FAPhA, FNAP, CAPT., USPHS (Ret.)

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