How to Develop a National Formulary Based on the WHO Model Formulary - A Practical Guide
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Open this folder and view contents1 INTRODUCTION
Open this folder and view contents2 OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL FORMULARY PROCESS
Open this folder and view contents3 DEVELOPING THE PRELIMINARY INFORMATION SECTION
Open this folder and view contents4 DEVELOPMENT OF THERAPEUTIC INFORMATION AND MONOGRAPHS USING THE WHO MODEL FORMULARY
Close this folder5 ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION
View the documentThe evidence-based approach in formulary development
View the documentInformation retrieval
Open this folder and view contentsTypes of source
Close this folderSearching for the best evidence
View the documentUsing tertiary sources
View the documentUsing secondary sources: evidence-based reviews and guidelines
View the documentSearching the primary literature
Open this folder and view contentsAccessibility
View the documentCritical appraisal
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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Using secondary sources: evidence-based reviews and guidelines

For more current therapeutic information, systematic reviews and evidence-based clinical guidelines can be a good source of therapeutic information for the NF when local treatment guidelines do not exist or are in need of review.

Of several databases containing reviews about the effectiveness of health care interventions the Cochrane database of systematic reviews available within the Cochrane Library8 is one of the best sources of rigorously conducted systematic reviews.

8http://www.update-software.com/cochrane/


Current evidence-based clinical practice guidelines are often published in primary journals or can be accessed in guideline databases using the Internet. The web site of the Guidelines International Network (GIN)9 provides a portal to selected links to international guideline databases10 and organizations producing guidelines. WHO treatment guidelines are available in the WHO Essential Medicines Library.11

9http://www.g-i-n.net/
10http://www.leitlinien.de/leitlinienanbieter/fremdsprachig_en/view
11http://mednet3.who.int/mf/

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