APhA Publishes New Diabetes Care Casebook for Pharmacists


Advancing roles for pharmacists providing diabetes care requires application of knowledge and skills, problem solving, and working on interprofessional teams.


WASHINGTON, DC — Advancing roles for pharmacists providing diabetes care requires application of knowledge and skills, problem solving, and working on interprofessional teams. Student pharmacists and practitioners need practice opportunities to apply their knowledge in case simulations.

A new casebook, Diabetes Case Studies (with Interprofessional Perspectives), will be available exclusively in APhA’s online subscription platform, PharmacyLibrary (www.pharmacylibrary.com), beginning June 1, 2015. It provides teaching faculty and practitioners a rich source of case studies that focus on actual patients and provide longitudinal follow-up of patients. In addition, the casebook integrates perspectives from other health care providers who are team members, helping to broaden readers’ perspectives on how all members of the team can positively affect their patients’ health outcomes.

The book features 12 real-world cases of patients with various diabetes situations and problems, incorporating an interprofessional perspective. The cases follow a consistent framework, using an approach adapted from the APhA textbook, Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs. Cases include eight thorough self-assessment questions for students and a detailed answer key for faculty. The cases follow a uniform format with objectives, required readings, key summary points, and supplemental resources. Faculty at institutions that subscribe to PharmacyLibrary also receive access to sample test questions and answers for each case (29 questions in all).

June Felice Johnson, PharmD, is the primary author. Johnson is professor of pharmacy practice at Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Des Moines, IA. She precepts Drake’s diabetes concentration students on rotations at Camp Hertko Hollow diabetes camp and at the Iowa Diabetes and Endocrinology Research Center. Four colleagues outside the pharmacy field contributed to the cases: Marjorie Cypress, RN, PhD, CDE, Albuquerque Health Partners, Albuquerque, NM; Alison B. Evert, MS, RD, CDE, Coordinator, Diabetes Education Programs, University of Washington Medical Center, Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center, Seattle, WA; Jodi Lavin-Tompkins, RN, MSN, CDE, Diabetes Education Program Manager; and Linda Siminerio, RN, PhD, CDE, Executive Director, University of Pittsburgh Diabetes Institute, Pittsburgh, PA.

PharmacyLibrary features some of APhA’s leading resources—authoritative textbooks, experiential education resources, NAPLEX review, active learning exercises, case studies—all in one comprehensive, searchable platform. Both institutional and individual subscriptions to PharmacyLibrary are available. For more information, visit www.pharmacylibrary.com.

About the American Pharmacists Association

The American Pharmacists Association, founded in 1852 as the American Pharmaceutical Association, is a 501 (c)(6) organization, representing more than 62,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and others interested in advancing the profession. APhA, dedicated to helping all pharmacists improve medication use and advance patient care, is the first-established and largest association of pharmacists in the United States. For more information, please visit www.pharmacist.com.

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