Indicators for Monitoring National Drug Policies. Second Edition
A Practical Manual
Document produced by the WHO Programme on Essential Drugs
Brudon, P, Rainhorn, J.-D., Reich, M.R.
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ISBN-13    9789241596237 ISBN-10    9241596236
Order Number    19302066   
Price    CHF    25.00 / US$    30.00 Developing countries:    CHF    17.50
English     1999        226   pages
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Summary
Presents and explains a simple yet powerful new methodology for gathering the data needed to improve national drug policies. Both the public and private sectors are addressed. The methodology, which was finalized after extensive expert consultations and testing in different settings, provides a logical and systematic tool for identifying problems in meeting the main objective of a national drug policy: to assure that effective and affordable essential drugs are widely available, of good quality, and wisely used.
At the core of the methodology is a set of 129 indicators which measure the key components of a pharmaceutical system in developing countries and the problems most frequently encountered. The indicators can be used to monitor progress in the implementation of drug policies, to objectively evaluate performance, and to help revise strategies on the basis of systematic assessment. Four categories of indicators are covered: background information, structural indicators, process indicators, and outcome indicators. Both the indicators and the recommended methods of data collection respond to the reality of conditions seen in developing countries. The majority of indicators rely on data that are readily available at the central level. For the remainder, the manual explains how to conduct targeted surveys that collect the minimum essential data in the simplest possible way.
The practical value of this information is enhanced through the inclusion of 50 pages of model data collection forms for recording information gathered at central level or during surveys. The forms can be copied for immediate use or modified according to national needs. The manual concludes with a glossary of terms and a table of random numbers.