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January 1991

Professional's Guide to Patient Drug Facts, For Improved Patient Counseling

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Boston, Mass

Arch Ophthalmol. 1991;109(1):27-28. doi:10.1001/archopht.1991.01080010029020

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Too often, the hectic pace of the clinician's practice leaves little time for adequate patient education regarding the proper use of new or ongoing medications. It is this void that The Professional's Guide to Patient Drug Facts attempts to fill. The objectives of the Guide, clearly and concisely stated in the introduction, are twofold. First, the Guide seeks to "provide information for health care providers to tell patients what they need to know about their medications." Second, the Guide seeks to "provide a standardized, concise format for patient instruction and learning...." A series of drug monographs intended for dissemination by health care providers to patients, the Guide presents the requisite information in readily understandable language, free of any confusing medical jargon. There is a complete, well-organized index, including generic and brand names along with synonyms and uses. The index, revised annually, makes the Guide extremely accessible. Another strength is

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