Are you working with linked health claims data that includes pharmaceuticals? The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme data set is a valuable resource for the evaluation of medicines use in Australia. Like all data sets it has some unique characteristics. This training program will enable you to understand the peculiarities of the PBS and MBS data and give hands on experience to successfully work with it.
Introduction to PBS Data
19 February 2019
This day long course is designed for people with limited or no experience in using the PBS data. It will cover the Schedule of Pharmaceutical Benefits, the sections and types of listings, the pharmaceutical coding systems, including the World Health Organization Anatomical Chemical and Therapeutic classification, and defined daily doses. Participants will gain knowledge of issues that affect data analysis, including historical changes, fixed dose combination products, regulations 24 and 25, concessional status, the safety net, under-copayment and section 100. Using Australian examples, participants will be able to practice interpretation data and trends. The workshop will include a hands-on session, where participants are able to use a simulated dataset to enable calculation of trends in utilization, defined daily doses and rolling annual averages. Some knowledge of statistical software is desirable.