eBook of the month: What Your Patients Need to Know About Psychiatric Medications, 2e

Robert H. Chew, Pharm.D., Robert E. Hales, M.D., M.B.A., Stuart C. Yudofsky, M.D.

A compendium of handouts designed to provide patients with essential information on the drugs you prescribe. It includes all major classes of medications, along with detailed information on specific agents thats in-depth and easy to understand.

What Your Patients Need to Know About Psychiatric Medications has been written by two psychiatrists and a pharmacist with many decades of experience as clinicians, educators, and authors. Based on this experience, we have endeavored to write a book that addresses the barriers to optimal psychopharmacological treatment as enumerated above. We have attempted to complement the work of the treating physician by writing a book that provides patients with relevant, easy-to-use, and easy-to-understand information about psychiatric medications. The book has been conceptualized and organized to answer the most common questions that patients have about their psychiatric medications—including how to take their medications and the benefits and side effects of those medications. Emphasis is placed on the clarity, accuracy, and accessibility of information offered. We have prioritized information that is evidence-based and that enhances the safe and effective use of psychiatric medications. We believe that the more informed our patients are about their psychiatric disorders and their medication-based treatments, the greater the degree of their compliance, safety, and treatment response. We hope that we have written a book that physicians will “prescribe” to their patients receiving psychiatric medications. We also hope that What Your Patients Need to Know About Psychiatric Medications will enhance patients’ understanding of why they need to take medication and will increase their motivation to comply with their physicians’ treatment recommendations. We believe that the book will also help improve patient–physician communication regarding psychiatric medications.

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