Texto & Contexto - Enfermagem
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TONON, Lenita Maria; TOMO, Tathiana Thiemi and SECOLI, Silvia Regina. Pharmacoeconomics: analysis of a new perspective in clinical nursing practice. Texto contexto - enferm. [online]. 2008, vol.17, n.1, pp. 177-182. ISSN 0104-0707. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-07072008000100020.
The objective of this study is to outline the concepts, evaluation methods, limitations, and perspectives of the use of pharmacoeconomics within the nursing environment. It is an analytical and reflective study. The object of this study is the applicability of pharmacoeconomics in nursing. In the current context, this discipline has become an essential instrument, making decision-making based on outcomes and costs possible. However, its use demands up-to-date knowledge concerning the terminology and methodology of analyses, with the intent to assure its correct application and interpretation of the results. The great challenge for nurses is to apply pharmacoeconomic instruments to day-to-day questions of clinical practice, as well as overcome the methodological difficulties related to the identification, calculation, and comparison of the outcomes and costs.
Keywords : Health economics; Evaluation of results of therapeutic interventions; Nursing; Nursing economics.