The increasing trend towards deregulation of more medicines to over the counter status has implications for the primary health care team as well as for consumers and patients.
Better information for patients could improve the safety of over the counter medicines, but better systems need to be devised for reporting adverse reactions. « Collaborative care » could bring financial benefits.
Doctors, nurses, and pharmacists need to discuss how they will respond to self medication practices, and ways of rewarding pharmacists for advising patients need to be found.
Improved communication between doctors and pharmacists and the involvement of nurses could bring health care professionals into a new and more constructive interaction with each other and with the patient-or the changes required could split the professions as they each try to keep control of medicines.
Mots-clés Pascal : Automédication, Risque, Perspective, Attitude, Médecin
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Self prescription, Risk, Perspective, Attitude, Physician
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0223259
Code Inist : 002B30A05. Création : 199608.