About the course
How to classify drugs and measure drug consumption - Course in the ATC/DDD methodology
The course gives an introduction to the Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical (ATC) classification system and the technical unit of measurement, the Defined Daily Dose (DDD). Applications of the ATC/DDD methodology will be presented and discussed.
Both lectures and working group sessions will be included. The lectures will cover the following topics:
- Background, overview and development of the ATC/DDD methodology
- The main principles for establishing new ATC codes and assigning DDDs
- Procedures for applications (ATC codes, DDDs and changes
The second day will focus on the application of the ATC/DDD methodology in drug consumption statistics; practical examples included. Other applications of the methodology will also be presented.
The working group sessions are important elements of the course. Various ATC/DDD problems and points to consider related to the application of the methodology in drug consumption statistics will be discussed.
Last updated: 2012-01-12