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Family Practice Guidelines

5th Edition

Editor(s): Jill C. Cash, Cheryl A. Glass, Jenny Mullen

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN 10: 9780826135841

ISBN 13: 9780826135834

Description At A Glance

This bible of family practice for primary care clinicians and students provides current national practice guidelines for professional standards of care across the life span.

Concise and clearly organized, Family Practice Guidelines, 5th Edition, features detailed, step-by-step instructions for physical examinations and diagnostic testing in the outpatient setting, information on health promotion, care guidelines, dietary information, information on culturally responsive care, patient resources, and abundant patient-education handouts. Now in color with abundant images and illustrations, this fifth edition features thoroughly updated guidelines and recommendations to reflect latest in practice, as well as many new guidelines. Each of the diagnoses includes definition, incidence, pathogenesis, predisposing factors, common complaints, signs/symptoms, subjective data, physical exam and diagnostic tests, differential diagnosis, and a care plan.

Key Features:

  • Presents information for disorders in consistent format for ease of use
  • Highlights key considerations with Practice Pointers
  • Provides individual care points for pediatric, pregnant, and geriatric patients
  • Includes 138 printable Patient Teaching Guides
  • Offers 18 procedure guidelines and routine health maintenance guidelines
  • Features appendices that provide guidelines on normal lab values, special diets, Tanner’s Sexual Maturity Stages, and teeth

Your Voice

By Keith A. Frey
Pocket-sized primary care reference books have long been a source of clinical information to the medical student, resident physician, and practicing clinician. With the increasing popularity of personal digital assistants (PDAs), the electronic versions of these resources allow for efficient retrieval.

Blackwell's Primary Care Essentials, Published in both a paper and electronic format, is in its fourth edition and written nearly exclusively by Dr. Onion. The electronic version retains the original title of The Little Black Book for Primary Care, available for both the Palm and Windows CE operating systems. The 880-page paper publication is presented as a ready source of common primary care information to the student, resident and clinician. An intended purpose, stated in the preface, is to serve the student and resident as a starter notebook and it does provide solid, basic information on the common conditions seen in general practice. I liked the evidenced-based format, with ready references within the text of the clinical topic. Unfortunately, the references are contemporary only until 2001, and some were more than 20 years old.

Although organization is user friendly, I found the text often too cryptic in the author's attempt to reduce the book's size to keep it portable. The book is still a bit bulky (5x7x1.5 inches) to be truly portable.
The electronic version, The Little Black Book, is worthy of consideration as an addition to a PDA. I loaded a full version on my Compaq IPQ (Windows CE version) and found the information to retrieve and the organization intuitive. I recommend Blackwell's Primary Care Essentials as a sound choice for a portable reference for the general content of family practice. The electronic version is the most portable and is my preference for those students, residents and practicing clinicians seeking a ready source of clinical information.

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