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References used in a Drug Information Centre


The literature sources used in 461 consecutive problem-oriented questions submitted during 1993 to a Drug Information Centre were reviewed retrospectively. Journals were the most frequently used literature source (36% of all quotations). Commonly used medical and clinical pharmacology journals, together with standard textbooks, provided the necessary information to solve more than 50% of drug information requests. Most questions could be answered by including the complementary use of the question/answer database Drugline. Drug information access is important for the improvement of rational use of drugs. According to the present study, this activity is possible with a fairly limited number of sources.

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LLerena, A., Öhman, B. & Alván, G. References used in a Drug Information Centre. Eur J Clin Pharmacol 49, 87–89 (1995).

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  • Drug information
  • references
  • clinical pharmacology
  • literature sources