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Revista Cubana de Farmacia

Print version ISSN 0034-7515On-line version ISSN 1561-2988


MACHADO RIVERO, Manuel Osvaldo et al. Assessment of information resources in the Center of Study, Documentation and Drug Information in Villa Clara province. Rev Cubana Farm [online]. 2014, vol.48, n.3, pp.446-468. ISSN 0034-7515.

Objective: to evaluate the information resources available at the Center of Study, Documentation and Information on Drugs (CEDIMED). Methods: identification of those sources, services and systems that might attain the category of entity or of information resource within CEDIMED by using the INFOMAD methodology. Data on the cost of identified resources were collected and ordered according to their characteristics. The value index was determined for each ERI and the user, manager and supplier matrices were prepared, all of which made it possible to know the role of each member of the organization in relation to the information resources. The variable called information stocks was analyzed including the study of 15 indicators. Results: forty seven information entities or resources were available at the center, 36 domestic and 11 external. The documentary stocks of CEDIMED were not highly updated; however, their topics were highly relevant for the functions of this type of organization. The evaluation of almost half of the analyzed indicators was excellent but the variable information stocks were rated as regular. Conclusions: every information center or service on drugs should have quality easy-to-access resources for users and should also set a policy aimed at developing the stocks and at carrying out studies on the use of the various collections located in the institution.

Keywords : evaluation; information auditing; drug information center; sources of information; drug information service.

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