The Role of the Pharmacist in Self-Care and Self-Medication
(1998; 17 pages) View the PDF document
Table of Contents
View the documentAcronyms
Open this folder and view contents1. Introduction
Open this folder and view contents2. Definitions
Open this folder and view contents3. The increasing importance of self-care and self-medication
Close this folder4. Role of the pharmacist in self-care and self-medication
View the documentAs a communicator
View the documentAs a quality drug supplier
View the documentAs a trainer and supervisor
View the documentAs a collaborator
View the documentAs a health promoter
View the documentSpecific situations
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Open this folder and view contents6. Evaluation of performance relating to self-care and self-medication needs
View the document7. Conclusions
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View the documentAnnex 1: Presentations2
View the documentAnnex 2: List of participants

As a communicator

• the pharmacist should initiate dialogue with the patient (and the patient’s physician, when necessary) to obtain a sufficiently detailed medication history;

• in order to address the condition of the patient appropriately the pharmacist must ask the patient key questions and pass on relevant information to him or her (e.g. how to take the medicines and how to deal with safety issues);

• the pharmacist must be prepared and adequately equipped to perform a proper screening for specific conditions and diseases, without interfering with the prescriber’s authority;

• the pharmacist must provide objective information about medicines;

• the pharmacist must be able to use and interpret additional sources of information to satisfy the needs of the patient;

• the pharmacist should be able to help the patient undertake appropriate and responsible self-medication or, when necessary, refer the patient for medical advice;

• the pharmacist must ensure confidentiality concerning details of the patient’s condition.

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