Over-the-counter medicines: their place in self-care

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)806-810
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes


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