How to Investigate the Use of Medicines by Consumers
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Ver el documentoPreface
Abrir esta carpeta y ver su contenido1. Why study medicines use by consumers
Abrir esta carpeta y ver su contenido2. What influences medicines use by consumers
Cerrar esta carpeta3. How to study medicines use in communities
Ver el documento3.1 Introduction
Ver el documento3.2 Describing and identifying medicines use problems
Ver el documento3.3 Study of documents
Ver el documento3.4 Semi-structured interviews
Ver el documento3.5 Focus group discussions
Ver el documento3.6 Observation techniques
Ver el documento3.7 Structured interviews
Ver el documento3.8 Weekly illness recalls
Abrir esta carpeta y ver su contenido4. Prioritizing and analysing community medicines use problems
Abrir esta carpeta y ver su contenido5. Sampling
Abrir esta carpeta y ver su contenido6. Data analysis
Abrir esta carpeta y ver su contenido7. Monitoring and evaluating rational medicines use interventions in the community
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3.1 Introduction

The medicine use investigations presented in this manual are intended as a basis for developing an intervention project.

Such drug use studies should be:

Efficient: Do not collect more information than needed and do not measure more accurately than needed.

Flexible: Learn-as-you-go approach, whereby newly generated information helps to set the agenda for the later stages in the development of interventions.

Participatory: Methods which allow for stakeholder participation in data gathering and analysis are preferred.

Triangulated: Use more than one, and generally three, methods to cross-check the information.

In the community: Learning takes place in the community or population groups which experience the problem, in short, intensive periods of fieldwork.


As explained in Chapter 1, the planning and implementation of community drug use interventions is a step-by-step process (see figure 3). In this chapter we focus on step 1, Describe drug use practices and identify problems. The aim in step 1 is to get an overview of the drug use problems in a region or a country. We want to identify the many different kinds of problems that occur. In steps 2 and 3 (see Chapter 4) we prioritize the problem and analyse why it occurs, as a basis for developing an effective intervention. Evaluation studies (step 7) aim to measure whether the intervention has been effective (see Chapter 7).

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