Indicator of access to medicines in relation to the multiple dimensions of access

Marina M. Garcia*, Mariana M. Barbosa, Rondineli M. Silva, Edna A. Reis, Juliana Alvares, Francisco De Assis Acurcio, Brian Godman, Augusto A.Guerra Junior

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Aim: 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. Conclusion: 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
Pages (from-to)1027-1039
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Comparative Effectiveness Research
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • access
  • essential medicines
  • indicator


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