The Role of the Pharmacist in Self-Care and Self-Medication
(1998; 17 pages) View the PDF document
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View the documentAcronyms
Open this folder and view contents1. Introduction
Open this folder and view contents2. Definitions
Close this folder3. The increasing importance of self-care and self-medication
View the documentSocioeconomic factors
View the documentLifestyle
View the documentAccessibility
View the documentManagement of acute, chronic and recurrent illnesses, and rehabilitation
View the documentPublic health and environmental factors
View the documentDemographic and epidemiological factors
View the documentHealth sector reforms
View the documentAvailability of new products
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Open this folder and view contents5. Standards of practice
Open this folder and view contents6. Evaluation of performance relating to self-care and self-medication needs
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View the documentAnnex 1: Presentations2
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3. The increasing importance of self-care and self-medication

The role of the pharmacist has been changing over the past two decades. The pharmacist is no longer just a supplier of medicines and a concocter of medicinal products, but also a team member involved in the provision of health care whether in the hospital, the community pharmacy, the laboratory, the industry or in academic institutions.

Pharmaceutical care is growing in importance with the challenges of self-care. For pharmacists, their greater involvement in self-care means greater responsibility towards their customers and an increased need for accountability.

The increase in self-care is due to a number of factors. These factors include: socioeconomic factors; lifestyle; ready access to drugs; the increased potential to manage certain illnesses through self-care; public health and environmental factors; greater availability of medicinal products; and demographic and epidemiological factors.

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