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.
Working with PBS Data
20-21 February 2019
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 working with patient level Pharmaceutical Benefits Data including creating trends, segmented regression analysis for time series data and ascertaining prescription durations. The workshop will include multiple hands-on sessions where participants are able to manipulate the data to create time series trends and to evaluate the effects of interventions on the series.
Day two will cover compliance and persistence studies including methods for compliance and persistence assessment, such as medication possession ratio, proportion of days covered and continuous measure without gaps. We will also create episodes of prescription exposure and episodes of co-administration and Kaplan Meier survival analysis will be presented for analysis 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 and to enable prescription medicine duration episodes and co-administration episodes to be developed.