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Kathleen Boje
Associate Professor
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
University at Buffalo
Are You Blue? What Can You Do?: A Case Study on Treatment Options for Depression

This case study introduces students to treatment alternatives for depression using a jigsaw method in which groups of students are divided up so that each member of the “home group” becomes the “resident expert” in one of five possible treatment options. Designed for a course in abnormal psychology, this case could be adapted for courses in physiological psychology, pharmacy, and neurobiology.

Does a One-Size Drug Dose Fit All? : Or, Why All the Variability in the Theophylline Blood Concentrations?

The purpose of this case study is to make students aware that some patients may require individualized drug dosing regimens based on a variety of patient variables. The central classroom activity consists of small group work in which students analyze a set of patient data cards to identify patient characteristics that influence theophylline blood levels. It was developed for an introductory pharmaceutical sciences course but would be suitable for other students with a biological, biomedical, health sciences, or chemistry/medicinal chemistry background. A set of patient data cards is included with the case as a supplemental material. There is no separate answer key for this case, although the teaching notes identify key factors influencing theophylline concentrations.