Journal article

Identifying the most effective essential medicines policies for quality use of medicines: A replicability study using three World Health Organisation data-sets

Kathleen Anne Holloway, Verica Ivanovska, Solaiappan Manikandan, Mathaiyan Jayanthi, Anbarasan Mohan, Gilles Forte, David Henry

PLoS One | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Poor quality use of medicines (QUM) has adverse outcomes. Governments' implementation of essential medicines (EM) policies is often suboptimal and there is limited information on which policies are most effective. METHODS: We analysed data on policy implementation from World Health Organisation (WHO) surveys in 2007 and 2011, and QUM data from surveys during 2006-2012 in developing and transitional countries. We compared QUM scores in countries that did or did not implement specific policies and regressed QUM composite scores on the numbers of policies implemented. We compared the ranking of policies in this and two previous studies, one from the same WHO databases (2003-2007) th..

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