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
Close this folder5. Planning resources
View the document5.1 The first steps in planning
View the document5.2 Identify what is already available or accessible
View the document5.3 Make a realistic assessment of additional needs
Open this folder and view contents5.4 Human resources: who will do the work?
View the document5.5 Maintaining the motivation of contributors
View the document5.6 Material resources - an office, equipment and references
View the document5.7 Financial resources - the key to sustainability
View the document5.8 Long-term sustainability
View the document5.9 Cost-saving strategies
View the document5.10 Key messages for starting a drug bulletin
View the document5.11 References
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

5.6 Material resources - an office, equipment and references

Chapter 7 contains a detailed discussion about books and journals that are useful to drug bulletins, as well as suggestions for key references for bulletins with limited finances. It is useful to subscribe to national and local health journals in order to keep abreast of current trends and events and develop locally relevant articles.

The Internet is another very useful resource as it provides instant worldwide access to information. The cost of Internet access may still be prohibitive in some developing countries, but this is changing fast. It provides access to many useful and sometimes free sources of information (see the appendix at the end of the manual).

Wherever possible it is a good idea to link drug bulletins with other drug information services. If a telephone, hospital or clinic-based service is providing answers to individual questions, it is a logical step to write down the answers to the most frequently asked questions and then to disseminate these in the form of written information. For example, Nepal’s Drug and Therapeutics Letter is an integral part of the Drug Information Unit of Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH). The physical, material and human resources available in the Unit come in very handy while preparing or editing articles for the bulletin and also in its distribution. Moreover, the drug information service sometimes helps to identify areas of need that can be addressed in the bulletin. The bulletin has also been used to publicise the information service and to contribute new reference materials. Such an integrated approach to drug information provision gives increased credibility as well as organizational support.1

It is desirable to have a furnished office and a computer with printer and an e-mail connection to produce a bulletin. If possible you should try to secure these facilities, but they are not indispensable. For example, when the Drug Information Unit at TUTH was first established, it had no computer and e-mail facilities and everything was done manually.

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