Resource Materials

Core reading list

References to work on improving Rational Drug Use through provider, packaging and user interventions

Research Manuals

New  Resource: Community Drug Management Assessment Tool for Malaria and Other Childhood Illnesses. A Tool to Assess Availability and Use of Pharmaceuticals at the Community level:
Flyer (PDF, 759 KB), zipped (60 KB)
Manual (PDF, 1.3 MB)

Varkevisser CM, Pathmanathan I, Brownlee A. Designing and Conducting Health Systems Research Projects. Volume I: (7.1 MB) Proposal Development and Fieldwork, Volume II: (4.1 KB) Data analysis and report writing.. WHO / IDRC, 2003.

Electronic database

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Asia Papers

Africa Papers

General papers and reports

(file size is less than 200 KB, unless indicated otherwise)

Ruairí Brugha, Martine Donoghue, Mary Starling, Phillimon Ndubani, Freddie Ssengooba, Benedita Fernandes, Gill Walt. The Global Fund: managing great expectations.  Lancet 2004; 364: 95–100 . Available online at ScienceDirect.

Farmer P, Fernet L, Mukherjee JS et al. Community-based approaches to HIV treatment in resource-poor settings.    Lancet 2001; 358: 404-409. Available online at ScienceDirect (1.7 MB)

Le Grand A, Hogerzeil HV, Haaijer-Ruskamp F. Intervention research in rational use of drugs: a review. (251 KB) Health Policy and Planning 1999;14(2): 89-102.

Sabate E. Adherence to long-term therapies. Evidence for action. (1.6 MB) Geneva, Switzerland: WHO, 2003 (211 pp.).

Lee K, Walt G, Haines A.  The challenge to improve global health. Financing the millennium development goals.  JAMA 2004; 291(21): 2636-8. Free text online

Conrad P. The meaning of medications: another look at compliance. (1.2 MB) Soc. Sci. Med. 1985; 20(1):29-37.

Homedes N, Ugalde A. Patients' compliance with medical treatments in the third world. What do we know? (1.9 MB) Health Policy and Planning 1993;8(4):291-314.

Laing RO, Hogerzeil HV, Ross-Degnan R.  Ten recommendations to improve use of medicines in developing countries. Health Policy and Planning 2001, 16(1): 13-20.

Ross-Degnan D, Laing R, Santoso B, Ofori-Adjei D, Lamoureux C, Hogerzeil H. Improving Pharmaceutical Use in Primary Care in Developing Countries: A critical Review of Experience and Lack of Experience. (604 KB) Presented at the International Conference on Improving Use of Medicines, Chiang Mai, Thailand, April 1997.