BMJ Books

  • This perennial bestseller is an ideal introductions to epidemiology in health care. The fifith editon retains the book's simplicity and brevity, at the same time providing the reader with the core elements of epidemiology needed in health care practice and research. The text has been revised throughout, with new examples introduced to bring the book right up to date.

  • Surgical orthopedic procedures such as hip replacements, arthroscopy or knee replacements are surrounded by pre- and post-operative complications, and there are varying different methods for the procedures themselves. This book, for the first time, brings together the best evidence for treatments as well as any complications. Not only does it cover the evidence base for orthopedic surgery, but also orthopedic conditions requiring medical treatment, and pediatric orthopedics. Using the approved EBM methodology, and edited by teachers of evidence-based medicine, this is a genuine EBM textbook for all orthopedic specialists and trainees.

  • ABC of Epilepsy provides a practical guide for general practitioners, and all those working in primary care, on the diagnosis, treatment and management of epilepsy, and for the continued monitoring and long term support of what is still a relatively poorly understood neurological disorder. This brand new title in the ABC series is highly illustrated throughout and presents what epilepsy is, its classification, and how to diagnose it. It covers anti-epileptic drugs and non-drug treatments, as well as self-management and living with epilepsy. Edited by a general practitioner and neurologist team, the ABC of Epilepsy reflects current NICE guidelines and is ideal for all GPs, primary health care professionals, practice nurses and specialist nurses, and non-specialist medical staff who play an increasing role in monitoring and managing of epilepsy patients.

  • Colorectal cancer is a common cause of morbidity and mortality in which prevention, screening and early detection are vital. Beginning with the patient perspective and following the patient pathway, this new second edition covers epidemiology and prevention, screening programmes, decision support networks, the role of primary care, and supportive care for patients with colorectal cancer. The ABC of Colorectal Cancer provides the core knowledge on clinical genetics, diagnosis, imaging, therapy and surgery options and the latest evidence based guidelines for treating and managing colorectal cancer patients within the multidisciplinary team. Highly illustrated and accessible, it covers the full spectrum of the disease to provide the basis to make a real difference to clinical management. This is an invaluable practical guide for the non-specialist on all aspects of colorectal cancer, and is ideal for general practitioners, junior doctors, nurses and allied health professionals.

  • This brand new edition pulls together the most up-to-date information on this complex, multidisciplinary area in a practical, user-friendly manner. It deals with the important social and psychological aspects for palliative care of people with incurable diseases including quality of life, communication and bereavement issues.

  • ABC of Multimorbidity is the first title to provide primary care practitioners with a practical approach to the complex issues of treating and managing patients with more than one morbidity.
    Ageing populations and earlier diagnosis of chronic conditions mean more people are living longer with multimorbidity. However, treatment guidelines are often designed for treatment in isolation of other morbidities. Multimorbidity management therefore requires a more patient centred approach and greater knowledge and coordination of existing services. Effective multimorbidity management both improves overall patient well-being and reduces the overall demand on health services.
    ABC of Multimorbidity examines how multimorbidities can be addressed within primary care, from the GP and family physician consultation through to the effective use of a range of health care services. It addresses complex issues such as polypharmacy, mental health, patient safety, patient involvement in self-management, and the role of the practitioner. It then provides guidance on how multimorbidities can be best treated and managed within primary care through specific interventions to improve outcomes.
    From an international, primary care editor and contributor team, ABC of Multimorbidity is a practical resource for general practitioners, family physicians, practice and specialist nurses, and others caring for multimorbid patients. It is also relevant for junior doctors, medical trainees and students.

  • Pleural diseases are frequently managed in primary care, but specialist knowledge is required to understand the full variety of presentations and available treatments in this rapidly developing field. ABC of Pleural Diseases is a brand new addition to the ABC Series which takes a unique approach to these conditions by dealing with them as a related group as well as in their individual manifestations. The book provides a unique and comprehensive overview of pleural disease, beginning with the anatomy and physiology of the pleura. It then covers a wide range of specific conditions in greater detail, including pneumothorax, pleural effusions, pleural infections, as well as chapters on radiology and pathology. Full coverage is given of mesothelioma, the most common pleural cancer. Written by a team of specialists, this reference guide to pleural diseases is a practical guide for General Practitioners, Junior Doctors, Specialist Nurses, Radiologists and all Healthcare Professionals working within chest medicine.

  • Mental health services have changed completely in the UK, and the new edition of ABC of Mental Health has been thoroughly updated and revised to reflect this.
    Providing clear practical advice on how to recognise, diagnose and manage mental disorders successfully and safely, with sections on selecting drugs and psychological treatments, and improving compliance, ABC of Mental Health also contains information on the major categories of mental health disorders, the mental health needs of vulnerable groups (such as the elderly, children, homeless and ethnic minorities) and the psychological treatments.
    Fully up to date with recent mental health legislation, this new edition is as comprehensive as it is invaluable. By covering the mental health needs of special groups, this ABC equips GPs, hospital doctors, nurses, counsellors and social workers with all the information they need for the day to day management of patients with mental health problems.

  • Traditional textbooks in this field have emphasized the basic sciences of pathology, biochemistry and physiology. Evidence-based Gastroenterology and Hepatology covers all the major diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and liver, utilizing clinical epidemiology to present the strongest and most current evidence for interventions.
    This second edition is edited and written by leading gastroenterologists from around the world, each chapter summarizes the evidence so that better informed decisions will be made about which treatments to offer to patients.
    It provides practising Gastroenterologists and Surgeons with clear information regarding the diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic diseases, giving clear evidence and experience-based material that is immediately relevant to clinical practice.
    Also contains a list of recommended reading at the end of each chapter.
    Take a look at up to date information at www.evidbasedgastro.com

  • Emergency Triage

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    Emergency Triage: Telephone Triage and Advice complements the highly successful Emergency Triage. The algorithms are rooted in the Manchester Triage System (MTS), which is used in hospitals around the world and which is acknowledged as an effective means of clinical prioritisation. This telephone iteration of a triage system which prioritises millions of patients each year provides a robust, safe, evidence-based system for managing the clinical risk in patients who are at a distance from health care providers. The basic principles that drive the MTS remain, but this book addresses the specific difficulties of assessment by telephone. The possible triage outcomes are "face-to-face now", "face-to-face soon" and "face-to-face later" together with a self-care option. Information and advice is suggested at every level. The advice ranges from life-saving interventions, which can be carried out until health care arrives, to self-care instructions. Emergency Triage: Telephone Triage and Advice provides all the necessary information that telephone triage staff must have to hand as well as including examples of questions to be asked. It will be a valuable resource for staff working in emergency departments, health centres and telephone triage organisations. Furthermore hospitals that are already using Emergency Triage will benefit from being linked with a telephone triage system that follows the same protocols.

  • The Evidence-based Practice Workbook is an ideal tool for use by GPs, medical specialists and other healthcare professionals to learn the concepts of evidence-based practice (EBP). Practical and interactive, this workbook provides simple methods to help health professionals find and use the best evidence to answer clinical questions, developing their skills in:
    asking clinical questions
    searching for answers
    discriminating good from poor information and research
    using the answers to make clinical decisions.
    This attractive, colour workbook provides a clear explanation of EBP skills and concepts. Written by internationally respected authors, this expanded and updated edition has been developed from evidence-based practice workshops run by the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at the University of Queensland and Oxford, and contains information and exercises to help health professionals learn how to use EBP in their clinical practice.

  • Lung Cancer is the most common cause of cancer death and cancer symptoms. The ABC of Lung Cancer is a much needed reference for those treating and caring for patients with lung cancer such as primary care doctors, specialist cancer nurses, junior doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, radiographers and other health care professionals. This new title in the ABC series covers the epidemiology and diagnosis of lung cancer, focusing particularly on primary care issues such as what symptoms require urgent investigation, and when to refer to a specialist. This is a practical guide for all those involved in the care of the lung cancer patient, as well as patients and their families and carers.

  • This revised and updated edition of the ABC of Complementary Medicine offers an authoritative introduction to complementary therapies.
    Taking an independent standpoint, neither promoting nor disparaging complementary therapies, this second edition includes the latest information on efficacy of treatments and provides a new emphasis on patient management. The ABC of Complementary Medicine is an invaluable guide to any doctor who encounters complementary medicine in clinical practice.

  • This well-established book gives clear guidance on normal development and how to diagnose and manage illness in newborn infants and babies.
    The sixth edition of the ABC of the First Year has been fully revised and updated to reflect the introduction of National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines, the reduction in universal screening and the increasing care of the newborn provided by family practitioners and midwives. There are new sections on the recognition and prevention of obesity, which is an increasing problem. The reduction in universal screening has resulted in parents requesting advice about their child's development at a variety of ages. A Development Chart shows the age-related normal range in different abilities and activities and will enable family doctors, at a glance, to determine whether a parent should be reassured that an infant is normal or needs further assessment.
    The inclusion of useful links and addresses of resources and organisations helps make the new edition of the ABC of the First Year an invaluable resource for GPs, midwives, paediatric nurses, health visitors and medical students, and an ideal companion to Bernard Valman's ABC of One to Seven.

  • Evidence-Based Hematology

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    This unique new book uses a series of focussed questions, comprehensive literature evaluations and structured grades of recommendation to provide evidence for the treatment of hematological disorders, both malignant and benign. With contributions from leading international experts who have a real understanding of evidence-based medicine the book provides comprehensive reviews accompanied by clinical commentaries and recommendations on the best treatment regimes to adopt for individual patients.
    The book is split into two sections: the first examines the methodology underlying evidence based practice, and the second concentrates on the clinical practice of hematology, providing current "best evidence" to guide practice in a series of well-defined clinical situations.
    This clinical reference is an invaluable source of evidence-based information distilled into guidance for clinical practice which will be welcomed by practitioners, trainees and associated health professionals.

  • The Manchester Triage System (MTS) is the most widely used triage system in the UK, Europe and Australia, with tens of millions of patients being processed through hospital emergency departments. It is also used in hospitals throughout Brazil. Emergency Triage is the core text for the MTS, which utilises a risk averse system of prioritisation for patients in all unscheduled care settings.  As such, it is an essential text for all emergency department staff using the MTS, in particular triage nurses. The book is both a training tool and a reference for daily use in the Emergency Department and prehospital settings.  This edition features revised protocols that reflect new approaches to prioritisation, with accompanying revised flowcharts -  the core part of the book. Table of Contents Presentation flow charts index 1: Introduction 2: The decision-making process and triage 3: The triage method 4: Pain assessment as part of the triage process 5: Patient management, triage and the triage nurse 6: Auditing the triage process 7: Telephone triage 8: Beyond prioritisation to other applications

  • The fully updated Second Edition of this case-led text provides an excellent introduction to evidence-based Clinical Practice for the major areas of infectious disease management. The new edition takes on a brand new design and focus, making the book more accessible to junior doctors in infectious diseases and microbiology and general internists. Edited and written by the world's leading infectious disease specialists, Evidence-Based Infectious Diseases contains thoroughly revised clinical chapters, reporting on all new major trials and is ideal for; trainees and clinical instructors in infectious diseases and microbiology, internal medicine physicians and public health physicians.  

  • Highly Commended at the Society of Authors and Royal Society of Medicine Medical Book Awards 2006 This outstanding atlas of ophthalmic pathology brings together the world famous collection of digital images from the Tennant Eye Institute in Glasgow. Weng Sehu and William Lee have produced a unique body of information, moulding Ophthalmic Pathology and the accompanying interactive CD-Rom into the essential `must-have' revision aid and reference book for ophthalmologists in training, teachers and clinical ophthalmologists worldwide. Ophthalmic Pathology is a concise, yet informative, user friendly textbook whose unparalleled image collection will more than meet the expectations of the ophthalmological community.

  • The world of postgraduate medical education is changing, and educational supervisors need the knowledge and skills to be able to do their job effectively. Many of those who want to do this job well feel unprepared for the task.
    Essential Guide to Educational Supervision is a handbook for educational supervisors everywhere. The topics covered are generic to medical education, whatever the specialty. Although the focus is on postgraduate medical education, many of the topics in this book are also applicable to undergraduates.
    Essential Guide to Educational Supervision is written for:
    Consultants and General Practitioners who work with trainees
    Educational supervisors
    People who organise postgraduate training programmes
    Written by experts in their field, each chapter gives an overview of key topics in educational supervision with references and further resources. The book provides evidence and theory when applicable, but is deliberately practical, with case studies and tips for good practice as well.

  • New addition to the ABC series looking at how technology can aid health care
    This ABC focuses on how patient data, health knowledge, and local service information are managed during the routine tasks that make up clinical work. It looks at medical record keeping, how to use the information that records contain for clinical, quality improvement and research activities, how to use new media to communicate with clinical colleagues and patients, and the availability and uses of clinical knowledge resources. After a short introduction to health informatics, each chapter is organised around a typical patient scenario that illustrates information dilemmas arising in clinical consultations. These case studies help make the link between prescribing and treatment. A final chapter considers the implications of informatics and eHealth for the future of the health professions and their work. It also includes a glossary of health informatics terms.
    Click on the sample chapter above for a look at what is health information.

  • Obesity is a hugely expensive and increasing problem worldwide, leading to disability, reproductive problems, depression and accelerated metabolic and vascular diseases in a large proportion of men, women and children. The ABC of Obesity is a new guide which will aid its effective management, addressing issues such as dieting, exercise, self esteem, drug treatment and surgery. Recent evidence is used to highlight frequent problems, successful treatment options, and the most common causes.
    Written by leading experts, this is a widely accessible text and an indispensable guide for all general practitioners, junior doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals who are involved in the treatment and research of this common condition.

  • This brand new title in the popular ABC series offers an up-to-date introduction on improving patient safety in primary and secondary care. The ABC of Patient Safety covers an area of increasing importance in healthcare and provides a clear description of the underlying principles that influence practice. Patient safety is now an integral part of the training for all Foundation doctors and is rapidly becoming a component of many undergraduate and postgraduate exams, including the nMRCGP. This book is an ideal companion for this training.
    A wide variety of clinical staff and managers in primary and secondary care will find this book an essential text, offering an ideal theoretical and practical aid to patient safety. GPs and practice managers will find this book of particular interest, as well as medical and nursing students.

  • The fourth edition of this important and highly praised guide has been substantially revised and updated, providing concise, practical information on a difficult and distressing area of paediatric medicine. This new edition of the ABC of Child Protection now includes additional chapters on abdominal injury, neglect and failure to thrive. It presents the latest information on the diagnosis and investigation of abuse, and explains the current roles of social services and the law in safeguarding children.
    Written by leading paediatricians, psychiatrists, social workers and lawyers, this comprehensive book is an invaluable reference for professionals concerned with children's welfare, including general practitioners, emergency staff, paediatricians, police surgeons, psychiatrists, health visitors, social workers, and lawyers.

  • Preterm birth is a major challenge in perinatal health care. Most perinatal deaths occur in preterm infants, and preterm birth is an important risk factor for neurological damage, including cerebral palsy. This ABC covers all the latest information on this complex and multidisciplinary area from obstetric issues to immediate care of preterm infants, respiratory complications, and how to provide support to the parents and relatives of the preterm infant. With its clear explanation and many illustrations, general practitioners, medical students, paediatricians starting their postgraduate training, nurses, and midwives will find ABC of Preterm Birth an excellent reference.

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