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Surviving Prescribing
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Safe and effective prescribing is one of the pillars of medical practice but is much more complicated than it seems. Many new prescribers find prescribing extremely challenging, and a plethora of independent, multidisciplinary prescribers are also seeking guidance. However, pharmacology textbooks are rarely practical. They warn to 'take care when prescribing erythromycin to a patient on warfarin, as the INR may rise'. But what should the prescriber actually do? Surviving Prescribing fulfils an important need by offering practical advice for real-world prescribing problems. The book complements existing educational resources but adds a new perspective. Written by experienced contributors from a variety of professional backgrounds, the content speaks directly to the problems routinely seen in hospital prescribing. And all in one, pocket-sized volume. Whether revising for the national Prescribing Safety Assessment, preparing for starting on the wards, or looking for a quick reference guide, this book is an essential companion.


‘Wow. This is a phenomenal piece of work. Excellent for medical students, specialty trainees and anyone prescribing outside specialty. It acknowledges both the complexity and risks of prescribing and provides a framework that spans pre-clinical pharmacology and prescribing at the bedside. I wish this book had been written 20 years ago. It's chatty and readable and will be an invaluable resource to students and doctors alike.'

Dr Chris van Tulleken - Honorary Associate Professor, UCL, London

‘A valuable source of information and reference and a ‘must read' text to support education and learning for prescribers in all health sectors.'

Ian Bates - Professor of Pharmacy Education, UCL School of Pharmacy, London

‘Surviving Prescribing is a must have for new prescribers. An easy-to-use, practical guide to prescribing, it is full of useful tips and easy-to-remember acronyms, in a concise readable format. It will help the reader develop their knowledge of key therapeutic topics, calculation methods, serious drug interactions and electronic prescribing. The comprehensive content is primarily written for hospital-based prescribers though practitioners in care homes, general practice, domiciliary and other primary care settings will find much of the content useful too.'

Nina L. Barnett - Consultant Pharmacist, London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust and NHS Specialist Pharmacy Service, and Visiting Professor, Kingston University, London

‘… it is probably best suited to a medical student on clinical rotations as an introduction to prescribing.'

Sonya Shipley Source: Family Medicine

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