About the Courseware

Pages: 960 | Copyright: 2017

Authors: Jennifer Danielson; Jill Marquis; and Skye McKennon

Pharmacology Essentials for Allied Health introduces allied health students to the fundamentals of and correlations among three specialty areas: anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, and pharmacy practice. Using an accessible and meaningful approach, this courseware provides students entering the dynamic and growing allied health field a firm foundation in learning these concepts and their applications to real-world settings.

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Table of contents

Table of Contents

Unit 1. Pharmacology Overview

1. Introduction to Pharmacology
2. Pharmaceutical Development
3. Medications and the Body

Unit 2. Pharmacology in the Practice Setting

4. The Allied Health Professional
5. Prescriptions and Medication Orders
6. Pharmacy Measurements and Calculations
7. Medication Safety
8. Pharmacy Laws and Regulations

Unit 3. Pharmacotherapy for the Integumentary, Skeletal, and Muscular Systems

9. The Integumentary System and Drug Therapy
10. The Skeletal System and Drug Therapy
11. The Muscular System and Drug Therapy

Unit 4. Pharmacotherapy for the Nervous and Sensory Systems

12. The Nervous System and Drug Therapy
13. The Nervous System and Drug Therapy for Psychiatric and Mood Disorders
14. The Sensory System and Drug Therapy

Unit 5. Pharmacotherapy for the Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems

15. The Cardiovascular System and Drug Therapy
16. The Blood and Drug Therapy
17. The Respiratory System and Drug Therapy

Unit 6. Pharmacotherapy for the Gastrointestinal and Endocrine Systems

18. The Gastrointestinal System and Drug Therapy
19. Nutrition and Drugs for Metabolism
20. The Endocrine System and Drug Therapy

Unit 7. Pharmacotherapy for the Genitourinary System

21. The Reproductive Systems and Drug Therapy
22. The Renal System and Drug Therapy

Unit 8. Pharmacotherapy for the Immune System

23. The Immune System and Infectious Disease Therapy
24. Acquired Immunity and Autoimmune Disorders

Unit 9. Pharmacotherapy for Multi-Systems

25. Drugs for Pain and Anesthesia
26. Fluids and Electrolytes
27. Cancer and Chemotherapy

Unit 10. Pharmacotherapy for Special Patient Populations

28. Pediatric Patients and Drug Therapy
29. Geriatric Patients and Drug Therapy


Courseware Features

The 29 chapters of Pharmacology Essentials for Allied Health are grouped into 10 units that provide a logical, stepped approach to learning pharmacology:

  • Units 1 and 2 provide an introduction to pharmacology and the implementation of pharmacology concepts in the practice setting. Some of the topics include the history and principles of pharmacology, sources of drugs, drug classification and
    nomenclature, pharmaceutical development, dosage forms and routes of administration, prescriptions and medication orders, pharmacy calculations, medication safety, and the important role of the allied health professional in the practice setting.
  • Units 3 through 9 cover the major body systems to help students understand the connections between particular body systems, their disorders, and the drug therapies used to treat these disorders.
  • Unit 10 addresses two patient populations'pediatrics and geriatrics'that have unique characteristics and challenges that affect drug selection and therapy.
Textbook features
  • The Career Exploration feature provides students with a list of allied health positions related to the chapter topic. This feature serves as a catalyst for a related career research activity located on the Course Navigator learning management system .
  • Throughout each chapter are Checkpoints, or stopping points, where students pause in their reading to test their comprehension of the content just presented. These best-practice features provide a stepped-learning approach to understanding chapter concepts .
  • The Kolb's Learning Styles feature boxes are sprinkled throughout each chapter. These activities provide students with tips for learning textbook content based on their learning styles, which students determine by taking the Kolb's Learning Style Inventory located in Appendix B .
  • Drug Alert feature boxes focus on unusual or harmful drug effects; look-alike, sound-alike drugs; drug interactions and medication safety; and drugs in the news .
  • The Patient Teaching feature boxes offer students communication strategies for patient instruction, a key responsibility of allied health professionals. Patient teaching boxes address topics such as medications, treatments, and procedures .
  • Work Wise margin tips focus on professional soft skills in the workplace. Topics include communication skills, medical terminology and jargon, ethics, professional dress, and patient privacy .
  • The Quick Study margin tips provide fast strategies for learning'and remembering' chapter concepts .
  • In the Know margin tips offer interesting insights on topics related to chapter concepts. Topics may include items in the news, historical figures, or pharmacology trivia .
  • The margin tip Name Exchange allows students to learn the generic name and corresponding brand names of many of the most popular drugs on the market.


About Navigator+

Packaged with each text or eBook, the Navigator+ learning management system strengthens students' understanding by providing them with a rich environment to further their practice.

Instructors can access students' work, track progress, download results, and more using this time-saving system.

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Student resources
  • The digital, interactive glossary is a compilation of the boldfaced key terms from each chapter of the textbook. This interactive glossary provides audio of the pronunciation and a definition for each key term and can be viewed by chapter or by the entire book.
  • Flash cards provide reinforcement of the key terms and their definitions and are student-scored and timed.
  • Two types of web projects are offered in Navigator+: a Career Form that provides students with a research opportunity to explore an allied health specialty listed in each chapter's Career Exploration feature box, and a Pharm Fact Follow-up activity that invites students to use one of the Pharm Facts listed in the Chapter Opener as a catalyst for further research.
  • Interactive games challenge students to apply their knowledge of pharmacology concepts in a fun learning environment. Basic games such as Unscramble and Crossword are offered as well as more challenging, timed games such as Chart It Out, Drag Race, and Photo Synthesis.
  • Student-practice assessments are gradable and provide opportunities for students to gauge their learning of chapter content.
  • The case studies simulate real-world patient scenarios drawn from a variety of practice settings. These case studies require students to integrate communication and professional skills with clinical knowledge to determine the best approach for resolving the situations.


Instructor Support

A suite of tools and information in Navigator+ helps instructors easily and effectively build and manage their courses.

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  • The course-planning guidelines provide instructors with assistance in shaping a pharmacology course. Syllabus models are tailored specifically to the achievement of course outcomes within a designated time frame.
  • Chapter lessons feature instructional tips and activities to integrate into a pharmacology course. Written by healthcare instructors, these activities enhance students' comprehension of chapter topics.
  • Each textbook chapter offers related handouts and their answer keys to supplement student learning.
  • Instructor-controlled test banks provide instructors with additional assessment questions with which they can create gradable exams. Students' test scores can be exported to the grade book.