Basic Skills in Interpreting Laboratory Data

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Basic Skills in Interpreting Laboratory Data continues to be the most popular teaching text on laboratory data for pharmacy students as well as the go-to reference for pharmacists in therapeutic practice. Now in its seventh edition, Basic Skills has been expanded and updated to cover new drugs, research, and therapeutic approaches.

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The Indispensable Guide to Interpreting Clinical Laboratory Data

Basic Skills in Interpreting Laboratory Data is a comprehensive, in-depth guide to all aspects of lab work that apply to clinical practice. Written by established clinicians and pharmacy faculty members and reviewed by additional experts, it is designed to make all information clear and quickly accessible. Minicases provide clinical scenarios for using tests and managing patients, and quickview charts throughout offer clear interpretations of lab results.

New to this edition:

  • A new chapter on nutrition support
  • Significant updates to all chapters
  • Expanded chapters on Pharmacogenomics and Cardiology 
  • Additional section on Infectious Diseases covering Bacteria, and Fungi, Viruses and Mycobacteria
  • Learning points conclude each chapter and highlight key concepts about the laboratory tests
  • User-friendly organization – 25 chapters divided into three sections: Basic Concepts and Test Interpretations; System Disorders and Diagnostic Tests; and Tests for Special Populations

Complex but critical skills are required for clinical pharmacists to effectively use lab data in screening for or diagnosing diseases and in monitoring the safety and effectiveness of treatment. As the only book of its kind specifically written for pharmacists by pharmacists, Basic Skills makes it easier to make accurate and critical decisions based on laboratory data.

Christopher J. Edwards, PharmD, BCPS

Christopher Edwards is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Pharmacy Practice & Science at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy and a clinical pharmacist in emergency medicine with Banner University Medical Center Tucson. Edwards has received several teaching awards, including The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy's Clinical Science Educator of the Year, The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy's Faculty Preceptor of the Year, and The University of Arizona Health Network's Pharmacy Educator of the Year.


Brian L. Erstad, PharmD, MCCM, FCCP, FASHP

Brian Erstad is Professor and Head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice & Science at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, where he has been a faculty member for over 30 years. Erstad's honors and awards include the Award for Sustained Contributions to the Literature and Preceptor Award presented by the ASHP Foundation, the Robert K. Chalmers Distinguished Pharmacy Educator Award presented by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, and the Shubin-Weil Master Clinician/Teacher Excellence in Bedside Teaching Award presented by the Society of Critical Care Medicine.