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BMC Health Services Research

, 10:146

First Online: 30 May 2010Received: 26 July 2009Accepted: 30 May 2010DOI: 10.1186-1472-6963-10-146

Cite this article as: Paniz, V.M.V., Fassa, A.G., Maia, M

F.S. et al. BMC Health Serv Res 2010 10: 146. doi:10.1186-1472-6963-10-146


BackgroundMedicine access is an important goal of medicine policy; however the evaluation of medicine access is a subject under conceptual and methodological development. The aim of this study was to describe quantitative methodologies to measure medicine access on household level, access expressed as paid or unpaid medicine acquisition.

MethodsSearches were carried out in electronic databases and health institutional sites; within references from retrieved papers and by contacting authors.

ResultsNine papers were located. The methodologies of the studies presented differences in the recall period, recruitment of subjects and medicine access characterization.

ConclusionsThe standardization of medicine access indicators and the definition of appropriate recall periods are required to evaluate different medicines and access dimensions, improving studies comparison. Besides, specific keywords must be established to allow future literature reviews about this topic.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1472-6963-10-146 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Author: Vera Maria V Paniz - Anaclaudia G Fassa - Maria de Fátima S Maia - Marlos R Domingues - Andréa D Bertoldi


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