Shaping the future of self-care through pharmacy

“Shaping the future of self-care through pharmacy” programme

Health and self-care literacy for the management of minor ailments in the pharmacy 

Empowering patient self-care improves health outcomes and reduces the burden of diseases. Improving health and self-care literacy is key to empowering pharmacy-based self-care. This is especially important when it comes to the management of minor ailments through pharmacy. Consisting of a series of five events focusing on common health issues, this new FIP digital programme aims to examine how pharmacists can be enabled to improve health and self-care literacy. Approaches for each of the five areas of minor ailments will be discussed including embedding health and self-care literacy into education and training, developing self-diagnosis and self-medication protocols, widening access to patient information, and improving referral strategies. 

Selfcare in the digital age

11 August 2021

This event will explore latest developments in digital health that supports self-care. It will identify practical strategies to appraise latest technology and manage misinformation and the ‘infodemic’.  Current practice and role of the pharmacist in digital health is also discussed.

Aim: To discuss digital health and how to ensure it supports safe and effective self-care

Learning objectives:

1. Define digital health and explain digital health priorities (FIP Development Goal 20)

2. List ways digital health can enable self-care

3. Describe approaches to delivering safe and effective digital self-care

4. Give examples of current pharmacy practice in digital health that supports self-care



- Jaime Acosta-Gómez, Community Pharmacist and pharmacy owner, Farmacia Acosta, Spain


Timothy Aungst, Associate Professor.  Freelance Writer and Consultant, The Digital Apothecary, USA

Peter Guthrey, Senior Pharmacist, Strategic Policy, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Australia

Jan De Belie, Professional Affairs Advisor, Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union, Belgium