Quick Reference to the American Psychiatric Association Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders Compendium 2006

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Quick Reference to the American Psychiatric Association Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders Compendium 2006

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Quick Reference to the American Psychiatric Association Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders Compendium 2006 provides mobile healthcare practitioners with the latest in trusted clinical information for more accurate, confident and informed decision-making at point-of-care.

This reference contains Quick Reference Guides (QRGs) to all of the published APA Practice Guidelines. QRGs are created by abstracting the crucial information from the text of the full guideline, with greatest emphasis placed on retaining the material most directly relevant to the treatment decision making, and are intended for day-to-day work with patients.

This compendium contains 13 Quick Reference Guides:
  • Acute Stress Disorder and Post traumtic Stress Disorder
  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias of Late Life
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Delirium
  • Eating Disorders
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Psychiatric Evaluation of Adults
  • Schizophrenia
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Suicide Each guide is derived from the full text of a practice guideline developed by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and published originally in The American Journal of Psychiatry. The purpose of these QRGs is to facilitate clinical use of APA’s practice guidelines by physicians. Although the practice guidelines provide detailed recommendations for treatment and comprehensively describe the evidence to support those recommendations, their length and text format do not allow for easy use in the psychiatrist’s day-to-day work with patients.

    Crucial information is abstracted from the full guideline to ensure that the QRG closely follows the wording of the parent guideline. The abstracted text is then shortened further, with greatest emphasis placed on material most directly relevant to treatment decision making. Thus, material about diagnosis, epidemiology, and other background information is not included. Similarly, most of the information regarding treatment for special populations is excluded. The QRG is reviewed and approved by the Executive Committee for Practice Guidelines.

    Central to proper use of these QRGs is recognition that they do not stand alone. The psychiatrist using them should be familiar with the full-text practice guideline on which each QRG is based. For clarification of a recommendation or for a review of the evidence supporting a particular strategy, the psychiatrist will find it helpful to return to the guideline. With rare exception the QRG faithfully reflects the content of the guideline. Exceptions are specifically noted in the QRG.

    Each quick reference guide presents the major recommendations and their sequencing with enough detail to be both clinically helpful and practical to use.


Your Voice

By Jeff Stoker, Univadis, August 2006

For generations of Medical Students and Doctors if you ever wanted to know the specifics about a medical problem, or check up on what to do in the middle of the night when you're totally stumped by instinct you would probably reach into your white coat pocket for your well thumbed trusted yellow friend the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine (OHCM).

If you have a Palm, Windows CE, or Pocket PC PDA you can now take this book with you wherever you go. Written in its usual concise and quirky way, the PDA version is the digital version of the sixth edition of the OHCM and something of a must to have on your Palm device whilst at work.

Even just the thought of having a PDA version at hand made me reminisce to those days over a decade ago when the handbook version was carried with me everywhere I went, through medical school, along the dark lonely corridors of teaching hospitals to an elective in Africa, to Australia and back to the cold corridors of Pinderfields in Wakefield.

The PDA version is supplied on a disk that you first setup on your Windows PC (Mac also supported) before installing it across to your PDA by either a Hotsync (in my case to my Palm T5) or an ActiveSync to a non palm device. You then have to register your software by accessing http://www.skyscape.com and entering the supplied Serial Number to get an unlock code to enter on your PDA.

This was a bit of a chore but I managed to get a code that worked ok on my Palm. In fact the Skyscape website was packed with support such as getting started guides, screenshots and FAQs if needed to get things working smoothly.

It took a few minutes to get used to the screen lay out but this was made easy because an annotated quick reference guide was available in the small easy to follow 8 page manual that came with the software.

Essentially what you get is a quick reference to all areas of the handbook, the PDA version is well ordered and multilayered making the finding of information easier and quicker to use than the original book. Everything is in full color with great tables and diagrams, there’s no thumbing through an index, just quick searches with a few taps of the stylus you can open branched contents lists to find the problem you are looking for. Alternatively you can enter a few letters of the problem into the search box to look through the whole book. You can then bookmark the condition or highlight text for future reference all associated conditions are linked to make browsing very easy.

A few times in clinical meetings after secretly referring to the OHCM on my PDA I have perked up and appeared totally knowledgeable about a well forgotten condition.

In short this software is a must for any Doctor with a PDA, it gives you reassurance that its there on your PDA packed with evidence based, witty guidance, whenever you need it.



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