Descriptive and Drug Utilization Studies

Natasa Gisev, Janet K. Sluggett

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Drug utilization studies aim to increase our understanding of how medicines are being used in society, ensuring that medicines are used in an appropriate or rational manner. As a field of research, drug utilization studies have evolved over time and there are now a number of methodological approaches and applications. This chapter provides an overview of the origin and scope of drug utilization studies as a field of research, as well as the key steps and methodological aspects to consider when undertaking drug utilization studies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Pharmacy Practice and Clinical Pharmacy
Subtitle of host publicationVolumes 1-3
ISBN (Electronic)9780128127360
ISBN (Print)9780128127353
Publication statusPublished or Issued - 1 Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Analytical
  • Cross-sectional
  • Defined daily doses
  • Descriptive
  • Drug use evaluation
  • Drug utilization
  • Incidence
  • Longitudinal
  • Medicines
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Prevalence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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