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
Close this folder1. Introduction
View the document1.1 Are you starting or developing a bulletin?
View the document1.2 Objectives of this manual
View the document1.3 The need for the manual
View the document1.4 The importance of feedback
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
Open this folder and view contents7. The editorial process
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
 

1.1 Are you starting or developing a bulletin?

You may be involved in running an established independent drug bulletin. You may be involved in the development of a new bulletin or exploring the possibility of setting up a drug bulletin. Or maybe you are interested in providing support to an independent drug bulletin. If so, this manual has been written with you in mind, and we hope that it will be a useful and practical tool.

There are many ways to set up and run a drug bulletin and many different types of good bulletin. This manual does not provide a ‘blueprint’ but it should be a helpful ‘road-map’ for those involved in drug bulletins. In other words it does not describe one ‘right’ way to produce a drug bulletin but illustrates various ways. It identifies some of the choices that face those involved in bulletins and it gives examples from a variety of bulletins in different parts of the world. It gives tips and warns of common pitfalls. Above all, this manual aims to draw from the experience of others involved in independent drug bulletins, and to present their experience in such a way that others can use it and benefit from it.

If you are involved in starting or strengthening a drug bulletin this manual should help you to take the decisions that are most appropriate for your work. It should make your tasks easier and help you to perform them more effectively.

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