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ASHP Publishes New Edition of Basic Skills in Interpreting Laboratory Data

Fifth Edition is Only Lab Data Reference Written by Pharmacists, for Pharmacists


The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) has published a new edition of its Basic Skills in Interpreting Laboratory Data. Written by Mary Lee, Pharm.D, BCPS, FCCP, the fifth edition is designed to introduce student pharmacists to the fundamentals of interpreting laboratory test results.
The text provides essential information on common laboratory tests used to screen for or diagnose diseases and monitor the effectiveness and safety of treatment and disease severity. It focuses on clinical interpretation of laboratory test results as they apply to individual patients. Each chapter contains learning objectives, case studies, bibliographies, and charts that summarize the causes of high and low test results.
Other features include:
  • Information organized to highlight the application of concepts by body system and special populations.
  • New and updated cases in each chapter that apply basic skills in clinical situations.
  • New glossary of acronyms that is located in the front of the textbook for streamlined reference.
  • Updated and expanded “Quick View” tables in each chapter that match those in the popular reference Interpreting Laboratory: A Point-of-Care Guide.
To place orders for the book (ISBN: 978-1-58528-343-9) and view additional material, please visit Or email or call 866-279-0681 (U.S. & Canada), 001-301-664-8700 (international). To arrange an interview, book signing, or to discuss co-marketing or bulk sales, please contact Rachel Gellman at  

About the Author
Mary Lee, Pharm.D, BCPS, FCCP, is vice president, chief academic officer for pharmacy and health sciences education, Midwestern University, and professor of pharmacy practice, Chicago College of Pharmacy.  Dr. Lee joined the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy in 1979, where she served as director of the Drug Information Center and then clinical pharmacist to the urological surgery service at the hospital.  In 1985, she was promoted to associate professor and from 1985-1990, she served as assistant dean of student affairs.  In 1994, she became associate dean of Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy; and in 1998, she was appointed dean.   She served as dean of the College from 1998 through 2006.  

About ASHP
ASHP is the national professional organization whose 40,000 members include pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy students who provide patient care services in hospitals, health systems, and ambulatory clinics. For 70 years, the Society has been on the forefront of efforts to improve medication use and enhance patient safety. For more information about the wide array of ASHP activities and the many ways in which pharmacists help people make the best use of medicines, visit ASHP's website,, or its consumer website,


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