Applying Principles of Pharmacoeconomics to Improve Medical Product Selection and Use in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Trainer’s Guide

Tools and materials are needed for pharmacoeconomic evaluation and health technology assessment (HTA) training to strengthen health systems and increase and support their capacity to perform HTA in resource-limited countries. Training on how to apply pharmacoeconomics to essential medicines selection should focus on equipping health care workers, regulatory authorities, public health program personnel, and academic researchers with the skills and knowledge to strengthen pharmacoeconomic decision making as part of HTA within their health systems. This guide provides a template for use, adaptation, or adoption in many settings. It is intended that these materials will be adapted and supplemented to meet the needs and contexts of individual countries. In addition to this trainer’s guide, the curriculum package includes presentation slides, case studies, and other resources. The package is meant to provide resources and information to help trainers and facilitators conduct in-person trainings and develop local capacity for evidence based medical product selection. Included in this curriculum are nine training modules with notes for facilitators and guidance for each module, as well as workgroup activities and case studies to accompany the presentations. In addition to being a guide and basic platform that can be adapted for different settings, this material can serve as the basis for developing delivery formats beyond in-person trainings, such as distance or online training, to meet local stakeholder needs. Resources and materials for further reading are included to help enhance knowledge and prepare facilitators.

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