Use of Spatial Analysis to Evaluate the Quality of Pharmaceutical Services

CIFARP8th International Congress of Pharmaceutical Sciences (CIFARP 2011), Ribeirão Preto, Brazil, 21-24 August 2011

FERNANDES, B. F., LÍRIO, A. F., FREITAS, R. R., and MELCHIORS, A. C.

“The pharmaceutical service quality contributes to the rational use of medicines, ensuring the patient a drug therapy used appropriately, safely and effectively when they are accessible to all. Moreover, in countries of the European union the geographic and demographic criteria are considered for evaluating pharmaceutical services. This way, it becomes necessary to investigate the geographical distribution of community pharmacies for an equal access, once there is no law in São Mateus regulating the opening  of new outlets. Thus, this study aims to know the spatial distribution of the community pharmacies in São Mateus city, Espírito Santo state, Brazil and its coverage area. This is the first phase of the project to evaluate the quality of pharmaceutical services in the study area.

Spatial distribution of community pharmacies. São Mateus-ES (A) zoning area (500m buffer) (B) detail of the intersection between coverage areas of two pharmacies (C).

Spatial distribution of community pharmacies. São Mateus-ES (A) zoning area (500m buffer) (B) detail of the intersection between coverage areas of two pharmacies (C).