Unit 2 – Clinical Pharmacology Including the Effects of Co-morbidity

Unit 2 - Introduction

This unit provides you with an outline of the requirements for understanding clinical pharmacology. It adopts a broad approach to understanding how drugs work and how they act on the body. You will need to approach this unit from the perspective of your own specialty — the key objective of studying this unit is to develop a greater understanding of the drugs you use in your clinical practice. A key element of this unit is the exploration of drug interactions and side-effects.

This unit is divided into five sections:

The guided study contained in this unit you should enable you to:

  • Apply knowledge of medications in prescribing practice.

Most students find that they spend a minimum of 50 hours on this unit. This includes time for reflection, reading and writing.

Essential reading

Online resources

British National Formulary

Livingston, S. (2003) NSF for older people: 2. The older patient. Pharmaceutical Journal 270: 862-863.

MeReC Bulletin (2000) Prescribing for children. MeReC Bulletin 11: 2, 5-8.

MeReC Bulletin (2000) Prescribing for the older person. MeReC Bulletin 11: 10, 37-40.

Nursing and Midwifery Council (2004) Guidelines for the Administration of Medicines

Puntis, J.W.L. (2000) Childhood diseases 1. Gastrointestinal problems. Pharmaceutical Journal 265: 52-56.

Scott-Jupp, R. (2000) Childhood diseases 2. Infections. Pharmaceutical Journal 265: 91-96.

Paper-based resources

Courtenay, M. and Griffiths, M. (2004) Independent and Supplementary Prescribing: An Essential Guide. London: Greenwich Medical Media.

Medicines Resource (1999) Drug interactions in primary care: Part I, Principles and management. Medicines Resource Issue 54.

Medicines Resource (1999) Drug interactions in primary care: Part II, Selected drug interactions. Medicines Resource Issue 55.

Nathan, A. (1992) Interactions between prescribed and over-the-counter medication. Pharmaceutical Journal 249: 428-430.

Greenstein, B. (2004) Trounce's Clinical Pharmacology for Nurses (17th Edition). Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
(Various chapters will be referred to in this unit.)

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