Impact of medicine shortages on patients - a framework and application in the Netherlands

Doerine J. Postma, Peter A. G. M. De Smet, Kim Notenboom, Hubert G. M. Leufkens & Aukje K. Mantel-Teeuwisse
Abstract Background Medicine shortages are often described in plain numbers, suggesting all shortages have a uniform impact. However, some shortages have a direct and serious effect on patients and need a prompt reaction from stakeholders. This study aims to create a broad framework to assess the impact of a shortage. Method We identified high impact shortages and selected exemplary shortages which we considered our learning cases. From five learning cases, we identified elements that had...
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