Assessment of the Adequacy of Pharmaceutical Services the Provision in Primary Health Care Centers
Keywords:: adequacy; pharmaceutical services; provision; primary health care centers
Background: Changes in the national health care system, particularly the implementation of managed care
and integrated health systems, promote the adoption of primary care as a means of meeting basic health care
needs and managing access to specialty services. Materials and Methods: This is cross-sectional study
conducted at 23 randomly selected (multistage random sampling) primary health care centers in Babylon
governorate. Data were collected during the period starting (November 2020- January 2021). Result:This
study demonstrates that 47.8% of the health centers had a fair score regarding the amount of medicines
according to actual need, and the availability of medications according to the basic list. While there are
three indicators that had a full score (100%) for the presence of an administrative order for the responsible
pharmacist and his assistant, and writing the patient’s name and sex on the prescription. Conclusion: The
current study shows there are clear deficiencies in some standards (such as pharmacist assistant), and
furniture (such as computer).
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