Starting or Strengthening a Drug Bulletin - A Practical Manual
(2005; 165 pages) View the PDF document
Table of Contents
View the documentPreface
View the documentHow the manual was produced
View the documentAbout ISDB
View the documentExecutive summary
Open this folder and view contents1. Introduction
Open this folder and view contents2. Rational use of medicines
Open this folder and view contents3. What are drug bulletins?
Open this folder and view contents4. Defining aims, target and type of bulletin
Open this folder and view contents5. Planning resources
Open this folder and view contents6. Planning bulletin production: schedules and timing
Close this folder7. The editorial process
View the document7.1 Outline of the editorial process
Open this folder and view contents7.2 Editing a drug bulletin
Open this folder and view contents7.3 Writing bulletin articles
Open this folder and view contents7.4 Reviewing the article
View the document7.5. Rewriting the article
View the document7.6 Final checks
Open this folder and view contents7.7 Follow-up after publication
View the document7.8 References
Open this folder and view contents8. Reviewing a new drug: is it a therapeutic advance?
Open this folder and view contentsAnnexe to Chapter 8: Evaluating harm
Open this folder and view contents9. Design and production
Open this folder and view contents10. Dissemination
Open this folder and view contents11. Organizational and legal issues
Open this folder and view contents12. Evaluating quality and usefulness
Open this folder and view contents13. Partnership and collaboration
Open this folder and view contents14. Keeping records and creating a memory
Open this folder and view contentsAppendix: Electronic sources of information
 

7.6 Final checks

Few bulletins have a staff member who is specifically responsible for the final quality control of articles because of the extra cost involved. However, even small bulletins need to carry out a final step to carefully verify the accuracy of the article. Preferably someone who has not seen the article recently should do this.

These are the steps in a final quality check of an article:

• check that each time a reference is cited, the information in the article corresponds to the information in the reference (figures, dates, doses, quotations, claims, etc.);

• check that the content of tables, figures and graphs corresponds to what is stated in the text;

• make sure that editing of complicated sentences has not changed their meaning or introduced errors;

• check the article’s coherence and how well it hangs together as a whole;

• make a final check of the conclusion - check that it still reflects the content of the text.


This final stage is crucial. If you omit it, the quality of articles is likely to suffer and it will be easier for critics to find flaws in the bulletin.

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