Rational & responsible Use of Self-Care Products & Services

The rational and responsible use of health products and services as part of self-care involves individuals safely and effectively managing their health (and any everyday ailments or minor conditions), where appropriate with medicines, products or services. Self-care products and services are the ‘tools’ of self‐care, supporting health awareness and healthy practices, and may include the use of:

Rational and responsible use of these products or services involves several factors. Firstly, only products and services of safety, quality and efficacy should be used to self-manage health and wellness. Secondly, when treating an illness, products and services are best used for self-recognisable conditions, and for chronic or recurrent conditions following initial medical diagnosis.

Pillar 7 focuses on the knowledgeable, safe and effective use of health products and services by individuals in order to better manage their own health.

Rational and responsible use of products and services is important because…

Poor or improper use of health products and services is the cause of…

Irrational use of medicines is a major problem worldwide. WHO estimates that more than half of all medicines are prescribed, dispensed or sold inappropriately, and that half of all patients fail to take them correctly. The overuse, underuse or misuse of medicines results in wastage of scarce resources and widespread health hazards. There may be concern that self-care could aggravate these risks, but information and education and appropriate consultation with health care professionals can help to manage this.

WHO recommendations for rational use…

The rational and responsible use of self-care products and services may be common sense in many cases. WHO focuses on medicines use, for which some basic recommendations may be made:

·Always read the directions on the label and leaflet, and any other information you get with your medicine.

·Follow instructions. Are there other medicines, foods, or activities (such as driving, drinking alcohol, or using tobacco) that you should avoid while using the medicine?

·Have the pharmacist or doctor explain anything you do not understand.

·Call your doctor right away if you have a serious side effect or if a side effect does not get better.

·Complete the treatment course but if symptoms persist, consult a healthcare professional.

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