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Epidemiologia e Serviços de Saúde

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MELO, Daniela Oliveira de; SILVA, Sílvia Regina Ansaldi da  and  CASTRO, Lia Lusitana Cardozo de. Evaluation of drug prescription quality indicators in a primary health care facility with different models of health care. Epidemiol. Serv. Saúde [online]. 2016, vol.25, n.2, pp.259-270. ISSN 1679-4974.


to describe drug prescription indicators in a primary health care facility with different models of health care.


this was a descriptive study using secondary data of prescriptions with regard to quality indicators in a health facility that has three health care models: Outpatient Medical Care (OMC), Primary Health Care Unit (PHU) and Family Health Strategy (FHS) in Vila Nova Jaguaré OMC/PHU in São Paulo-SP, Brazil, from July to October 2011.


16,720 prescriptions were studied; the proportion of drugs provided through the Municipal List of Essential Drugs (Remume) was higher for FHS prescriptions (98.9%), compared to PHU (95.6%) and OMC (95.7%); similarly, both the use of the generic name of the drugs and the proportion of drugs provided was higher among ESF prescriptions (98.9% and 96.1%, respectively), compared with PHU (94.4 % and 92.9%) and OMC (94.0% and 92.7 %).


all the prescription indicators show better results for FHS.

Keywords : Pharmaceutical Services; Primary Health Care; Health Service Indicators; Drug Prescription; National Health System.

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