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Term: Intensity of (Pharmaceutical) Use

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2005-11-24


One of two common indicators of pharmaceutical use. Intensity can be measured in one of four ways: 1) Defined Daily Dose, 2) Prescribed Daily Dose, 3) Number of Prescriptions Dispensed, 4) Number of Drugs Dispensed.

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  • Metge C, Black C, Peterson S, Kozyrskyj A, Roos NP, Bogdanovic B. Analysis of Patterns of Pharmaceutical Use in Manitoba, 1996: Key Findings - A POPULIS Project. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy and Evaluation, 1999. [Report] [Summary] (View)
  • Metge C, Black C, Peterson S, Kozyrskyj AL. The population's use of pharmaceuticals. Med Care 1999;37(6 Suppl):JS42-JS59. [Abstract] (View)
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