Patients want to learn about their condition and medicines

Terry Porteous, Christine Bond, Mandy Ryan, Verity Watson, Mags Watson

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The 2016 Proprietary Association Of Great Britain (PAGB) report ‘Self-care nation’ cites the public’s lack of awareness of pharmacists’ skills and expertise as the main barrier to using pharmacy as the first port of call for help to manage minor ailments (Pharmaceutical Journal online, 17 November 2016). Although 18% of those who did not first seek help at pharmacies believed pharmacists were less qualified than doctors and hospital staff, the remaining 82% (presumably) had no such beliefs.

Research into self-care and the management of minor ailments at the University of Aberdeen may shed further light on this issue. Notwithstanding the PAGB report, people involved in our research say they are just as likely to visit a pharmacy as a GP to manage a minor ailment, assuming the time and cost associated with either course of action are similar.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPharmaceutical Journal
Issue number7899
Publication statusPublished - 20 Dec 2016


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