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

5.1 The first steps in planning

Careful planning of human, financial and material resources is an important prerequisite to starting and maintaining a bulletin. Where resources are limited, you will need to set strict priorities. However, with adequate motivation and commitment, it may be possible to achieve a lot with limited resources.

It would be ideal to run a bulletin after gathering together all the resource materials, physical facilities and equipment recommended for a drug information service. This is often not possible, especially in developing countries. It is therefore important to be realistic about your needs and the possibilities available. An initial task is to carefully identify the resources you already have (e.g. through local organizations or institutions) and what additional resources are needed for a modest but useful beginning.

Box 5.1 Types of resources needed to start a drug bulletin

• people: editors, secretary or administrative assistant, accountant, etc.
• references: books, journal subscriptions
• an office
• computer(s) with Internet access
• office supplies
• telephone, fax
• a means of distributing the bulletin (either autonomous or ‘piggyback’).

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