How to Develop a National Formulary Based on the WHO Model Formulary - A Practical Guide
(2004; 45 pages) View the PDF document
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Open this folder and view contents1 INTRODUCTION
Open this folder and view contents2 OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL FORMULARY PROCESS
Close this folder3 DEVELOPING THE PRELIMINARY INFORMATION SECTION
View the documentDeveloping locally relevant introductory information
Close this folderGeneral entries at the front of a national formulary
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Open this folder and view contentsAdditional information at the front of the national formulary
View the documentAdapting the “General advice to prescribers” section of the WHO model formulary
Open this folder and view contents4 DEVELOPMENT OF THERAPEUTIC INFORMATION AND MONOGRAPHS USING THE WHO MODEL FORMULARY
Open this folder and view contents5 ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION
Open this folder and view contents6 DEVELOPING SPECIFIC INFORMATION SECTIONS
Open this folder and view contents7 PRODUCTION, DISTRIBUTION AND IMPLEMENTATION
Open this folder and view contents8 EVALUATION
Open this folder and view contents9 REVIEW AND UPDATE
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Table of contents

Together with the index at the back, the table of contents is often the most frequently consulted section in a formulary, so care must be taken to design the structure and layout to achieve the greatest clarity and ease of use. The table of contents at the front of the NF can be very brief, giving only the titles and page numbers of the main sections, whereas detailed tables of contents are presented at the beginning of subsections; as in the WMF. Alternatively the table of contents at the front can be more detailed listing the main headings and subheadings for all subsections as in the Malawi National Formulary (see Box 3.1).


Box. 3.1. Example of a detailed table of contents, Malawi National Formulary, 1991

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