Drug Utilisation Studies: Qualitative Methods

Practical Information

Commencing Date:
World Wide (Distance Learning)

Teaching Methodology:
Distance Learning
Credits :
Short courses (CPD): 3 ECTS credits

European Fees:
3000 EUR
Scholarship Possibilities:

Course Contact

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+ (33) 5 57 57 92 57


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University Accreditation: Yes

PharmaTrain Centre


Objectives: To understand the need to design and to carry out qualitative drug utilisation research. To be able to critically appraise qualitative drug utilisation studies (DUS). To design, to implement and to discuss small-scale audits on the quality of medicines use in hospitals and in primary health care. Topics covered: Sources of data and standards to compare with. Methods to identify how medicines are used in the community (1) - prescription vs. indication and indication vs. prescription Methods to identify how medicines are used in the community (2) - cohort and case-controls studies as a source of drug utilisation data Design of qualitative DUS: Objectives, methods and discussion of proposals How to read papers on qualitative DUS. Limitations of DUS

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  • Assessment of the students' achievement in accordance with the agreed learning outcomes of the training offered
  • A system for collecting, assessing and addressing feedback from learners, teachers, technical / administrative staff and programme / course / module managers
  • Availability of appropriate and regularly reviewed reference material (e.g. published articles, links, book chapters, scripts, etc)
  • Defined and transparent admission criteria
  • Quality assurance of teaching staff
  • Regular review of the QA/QC process and demonstration that the training is further developed in light of this review
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