Over the last 20 years, there has been a shift in Western countries’ healthcare policy to empower patients to exercise self-care by taking greater control in managing their own health, especially in cases where their conditions are deemed minor and self-limiting. In the UK, this has been facilitated by the Department of Health in making more medicines available to the public without the need for a prescription. This article highlights how policy is affecting practice, what attitudes the public and health professionals have toward greater medicine availability, and considers their place in patient management.
|Journal||British Journal of Nursing|
|Publication status||Published - 12 Jul 2012|