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.
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 30 May 2019|
- essential medicines
Garcia, M. M., Barbosa, M. M., da Silva, R. M., Reis, E. A., Alvares, J., de Assis Acurcio, F., Godman, B., & Guerra Júnior, A. A. (Accepted/In press). 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. Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research.