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THE USE OF INDICES TO CONTROL DRUG COST IN HOSPITALS


1982 1982

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Abstract (summary)

The cost of drugs used in hospitals and other health care institutions is continuing to escalate, but there has been no effort made to determine what knowledge the pharmacy administrator has in reference to drug costs. In addition, there had been almost no attempts made to design a method to chart the changes taking place in the cost of drugs used in hospitals and other health care facilities.

This study surveyed selected hospitals in the United States to determine what information was available concerning drug cost, what method of control was used to determine if costs were changing and what methods of charting changes were recommended by the pharmacy administrators surveyed. The writer also developed and tested a group of indices that could be used by a health care facility to chart changes in the cost of drugs and to determine why these changes were taking place.

The study concluded that the pharmacy administrators surveyed had very little knowledge concerning the cost of hospital operations, the cost of drugs or the reasons that the cost of drugs change. A series of indices were used to describe and chart drug changes in a selected hospital showing that changes might be due to inflation, census, patient-mix or pharmacologic drug use.

The importance of this information was demonstrated for the budgeting process, third party reimbursement formulas and the development of drug utilization review programs. It recommended that health care facilities use indices to chart drug costs in order to be able to control this supply expense better.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Pharmaceuticals
Classification
0572: Pharmaceuticals
Identifier / keyword
Health and environmental sciences
Title
THE USE OF INDICES TO CONTROL DRUG COST IN HOSPITALS
Author
MEHL, BERNARD
Number of pages
175
Publication year
1982
Degree date
1982
School code
0483
Source
DAI-B 43/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
University/institution
Pace University
University location
United States -- New York
Degree
D.P.S.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
8216052
ProQuest document ID
303274112
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/303274112
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