Academic journal article American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

Sias J, James S, Martinez C.: Spanish for the Pharmacy Professional

Academic journal article American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

Sias J, James S, Martinez C.: Spanish for the Pharmacy Professional

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SIAS J, JAMES S, MARTINEZ C. Spanish for the Pharmacy Professional. Washington DC. American Pharmacists Association; 2009. 214 pp, $41.95 (paperback), ISBN 978-1582121208.

Spanish for the Pharmacy Professional is a workbook meant for students to learn to communicate about the basic and intermediate information with which patients might come to them. The book is only meant to help bridge the gap and more complex conditions/states would have to be broken down into simpler terms for the pharmacist as well as the patient. This workbook focuses specifically on the following things: patient counseling regarding specific nonprescription products, sample dialogues in Spanish and English; cultural notes; lessons, exercises, and assessments; Spanish and English words (vocabulary) that are specific to pharmacy care, as well as audio files and additional help available on the Internet.

The workbook starts off with a set of goals that the authors wish to accomplish with the student. Their stated primary goal is to allow plentiful access to the pharmacist to be able to communicate the basic medical information to the Spanish-speaking population. The exercises in the book are intended to include basic pharmacy phrases; explain counseling tips on a variety of medication formulations like patches and suppositories; provide general knowledge about how to explain common self-care problems and disease states; provide some key phrases and vocabulary for the physical assessment that is more commonly used by the pharmacist; and provide cultural notes that are relevant to the different segments of the Hispanic community. The authors make it quite clear that the book is not a grammar book, and their reason for excluding it is that when an individual is learning how to speak Spanish, perfect grammar is usually not expected. However, it is advised that a grammar book and verb conjugation book be used as references. Another shortcoming of the book is that pronunciation has not been provided throughout the book, but is provided through online resources.

The textbook is divided into 4 different sections: introductory vocabulary, chapters on medication use, physical assessment, and appendixes. The workbook has 10 chapters and 214 pages. …

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