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Capturing data on medicines usage: the potential of community pharmacy databases

Ryan, K., Norris, P. and Becket, G. (2005) Capturing data on medicines usage: the potential of community pharmacy databases. New Zealand Medical Journal, 118 (1223). pp. 97-108. ISSN 1175-8716

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Abstract Aims The initial aim of the research projects was to examine the geographic distribution, patronage patterns, and loyalty of prescription clients around individual community pharmacies. A second aim was to explore the geographical and socioeconomic variation in the use of prescription medicines and prescribing trends both between and within therapeutic classes. Methods Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology (including the tabulating, geocoding, and mapping functions) was used to analyse the information that is held in community pharmacy databases. Results These studies demonstrated the use of this technology to show variation in local use of prescription medicines, at both an individual level and a population level, through the analysis of data already held in community pharmacy databases. Conclusion The use of GIS technology and pre-existing community pharmacy databases enables improved data capture on the prescription—and medication-related behaviour of health-service consumers.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > School of Pharmacy > Pharmacy Practice Research Group
ID Code:71123
Publisher:New Zealand Medical Association

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