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. 

Supporting self-care: Sore throat

23 November 2021

Sore throat is a common self-limiting condition which often leads to patients presenting in the pharmacy for advice, treatment options and reassurance. Sore throat is predominantly a viral condition for which symptomatic management offers the most appropriate course of action. Effective diagnosis, communication and managing expectations can prevent unnecessary onward referral or inappropriate antibiotic use.

To help pharmacists enhance their role as the primary healthcare professional in the appropriate management of sore throat through improved communication and appropriate management that supports self-care.

Learning objectives:
1. List the presenting symptoms of sore throat
2. Explain the diagnosis of sore throat
3. Describe an evidence-based approach to treatment options

-Sabiha Essack, Professor: Pharmaceutical Sciences
South African Research Chair in Antibiotic Resistance & One Health, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

-Douglas Bourgoyne, Principal Cooperative Benefits Group, LLC, USA
-John Bell, Community pharmacist and Self-care Advisor
Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Australia
-Wirat Tongrod, Member of AMR Commission, Lecturer – Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Huachiew Chalermprakiat University- Thailand