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Working with PBS Data

February 13 - February 15


Are you working with linked health claims data that includes pharmaceuticals? The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) 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

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.

Working with PBS Data


This two day course is designed for people with some prior knowledge in using the PBS data, and some knowledge of statistical software is desirable.

Day one will cover segmented regression analysis for time series data, ascertaining prescription duration, creating episodes of prescription durations and creating episodes of co-administration. Limitations in co-administration analyses will be explored.  The workshop will include a hands-on session where participants are able to manipulate the data to enable prescription medicine duration episodes and co-administration episodes to be developed.

Day two will cover compliance and persistence studies. Methods for compliance assessment including medication possession ratio, proportion of days covered, continuous measure without gaps will be examined, as will Kaplan Meier survival analysis for persistence studies.  The workshop will include a hands-on session where participants are able to manipulate the data to undertake both compliance and persistence assessment.


February 13
February 15
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University of South Australia
North Terrace
Adelaide, SA 5000 Australia
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08 8302 1234
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