Indicator of access to medicines from the identification of the importance and satisfaction of individuals in relation to the multiple dimensions of access: access to medicine indicators

Marina Morgado Garcia, Mariana Michel Barbosa, Rondineli Mendes da Silva, Edna Afonso Reis, Juliana Alvares, Francisco de Assis Acurcio, Brian Godman, Augusto Afonso Guerra Júnior

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Aims: Creation of a single indicator of access to medicines. Methods: Data collection was performed with individuals who obtained their medication from either public and/or private pharmacies. A Likert scale was used to measure the importance and satisfaction in relation to various access dimensions. Results: A total of 580 individuals were interviewed. Overall, participants attributed very similar importance scores to the dimensions of access to medicines. The results of the mean score of each dimension showed a statistically significant difference according to the type of pharmacy that the participant visited. Conclusions: This developed indicator will enable a review of access to medicines, making comparisons possible as well as improving decision making about public policies in the field of Pharmaceutical Services.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Comparative Effectiveness Research
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 30 May 2019


  • access
  • essential medicines
  • indicator

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