Self-Care

Today, many people accept greater personal responsibility for their health status and obtain as much quality information as possible from expert sources to help them make appropriate decisions about their health. Health literacy is a foundational pre-requisite to responsible selfcare which makes two-way communication between the individual and their healthcare professional an essential element of effective self-care.

Pharmacists can play an important role in facilitating effective self-care. Pharmacists are often ranked as the most accessible and most trusted healthcare professionals. Their education and training enable them to translate quality, evidence-based information into sound, unbiased advice on self-care products and strategies to the public. Pharmacists provide patients with holistic advice, which may include, but is not limited to, diet, exercise and other lifestyle changes.

Also, pharmacists are key healthcare professionals for the rational selection, administration and responsible use of self-care products. This is augmented by a pharmacist’s individual counselling, support and follow up for safety and efficacy.

Publications

Empowering self-care: A handbook for pharmacists

This handbook aims to provide the pharmacy workforce with relevant and concise guidance on coaching
practices and person-centred approaches to promoting and engaging in self-care. It discusses current trends
and strategies in self-care and explores the implications, innovations and approaches adopted across several
practice areas. It also aims to support and engage the frontline pharmacy workforce to overcome the barriers,
challenges and realities of self-care while exploring the extent of all its potential benefits, especially those
that contribute to the vision for UHC.

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Towards sustainable and universal healthcare systems and coverage – 1st collection of summaries from the digital events programme

Pharmacists contribute daily towards making health systems more efficient and sustainable, and hence towards universal health coverage (UHC). They do this by supporting and empowering patients and consumers in making better health choices, leading to optimal outcomes. This is part of their role all around the world as healthcare professionals at the hearts of communities, who deal with consultations on a variety of self-care topics in their practice. Self-care spans the whole wellness spectrum, from disease prevention to the management of symptoms and common ailments.

The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) organised a programme of digital events in 2021–22 called “Shaping the future of self-care through pharmacy”, which included two series of events focusing on the policy elements and the practice elements of this role. The first series, “Towards sustainable and universal healthcare systems and coverage”, had the following aims:
• To share and discuss strategies adopted by pharmacy leaders and workers, including FIP member organisations, to accelerate universal health coverage by enabling self-care;
• To describe sector or area-specific implications, innovations and approaches adopted across practice; and
• To discuss the implications of optimising self-care and the role of pharmacy.

These events included a variety of international stakeholders and partners in the area of self-care, such as the Global Self-Care Federation, the International Self-Care Foundation, the Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union, the Association of the European Self-Care Industry, and others.

 

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Self-care support for community pharmacy teams – 2nd collection of summaries from the digital events programme

Community pharmacies are often the first point of contact for patients and the public with a healthcare professional, for consultations and triage of common ailments and advice on non-prescription medicines. This important role — which leverages the accessibility of community pharmacists and the trust placed upon them by the population — delivers great value not only for patients and consumers, but also for healthcare systems and society as a whole.

Acknowledging the importance of this role, the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) places great emphasis on advocating its adequate recognition but also on providing practising pharmacists with resources to support it and facilitate its implementation in practice. For that reason, FIP organised a programme of digital events in 2021–22 called “Shaping the future of self-care through pharmacy”, which included two series of events focusing on the policy elements and the practice elements of this role. The second series, “Self-care support for community pharmacy teams”, had the following aims:
• To provide relevant information, guidance and updates for pharmacists and the pharmacy workforce on self-care so they can take a person-centred approach;
• To describe sector- or area-specific implications, innovations and approaches adopted across practice;
• To engage front-line workers of the health and pharmacy workforce to know about the self-care realities facing them around the world;
• To discuss the implications of optimising self-care and the role of pharmacy;
• To consider common conditions and how they can be supported through self-care; and
• To assess and discuss the evidence behind treatments used in self-care.

These events covered a range of clinical areas that community pharmacists are commonly consulted about. They included experts with different academic or professional backgrounds, who shared their expertise on how pharmacists can have a direct impact on patients’ well-being through self-care.

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Cold, flu and sinusitis: Managing symptoms and supporting self-care. A handbook for pharmacists

Pharmacists are embedded key players in the health landscape of their communities and are trusted for
patient-centred, comprehensive, timely advice. The accessibility of pharmacy means that the knowledge and
skills of community pharmacists are extensively sought by everyone from teenagers to new parents, to older
adults and everyone in between. This handbook will further strengthen their essential role within the
community to provide optimal patient care and support informed self-care.

This publication serves as a ready-to-use reference document covering different aspects of the management of
common URTIs in the community setting. Throughout the various sections, guidelines, algorithms and
summary tables, this handbook is meant to support pharmacists in promoting respiratory well-being,
developing a thorough understanding of commonly encountered URTIs, and navigating through both nonpharmacological and pharmacological management options.

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Community pharmacy at a glance 2021 – Regulation, scope of practice, remuneration and distribution of medicines through community pharmacies and other outlets (2021)

The scope of community pharmacy practice and the sector’s regulation, distribution of medicines and remuneration are among the aspects explored in this FIP report. The report presents data from 79 countries that took part in a detailed survey between November 2020 and January 2021, giving the most up-to-date snapshot of the state of community pharmacy around the world.

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Community pharmacy global report 2021 – Regulation, scope of practice, remuneration and distribution of medicines through community pharmacies and other outlets

FULL REPORT – FOR FIP MEMBER ORGANISATIONS ONLY

The scope of community pharmacy practice and the sector’s regulation, distribution of medicines and remuneration are among the aspects explored in this FIP report. The report presents data from 79 countries that took part in a detailed survey between November 2020 and January 2021, giving the most up-to-date snapshot of the state of community pharmacy around the world.

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Nutrition and weight management services: A toolkit for pharmacists (2021)

The aim of this toolkit is to equip pharmacists with knowledge in general nutrition and general weight management strategies so they can play an increased role in the communities they serve and support other healthcare providers involved in their patients’ care, including general and specialist physicians, nurses, dieticians, nutritionists, dentists etc., and to be proactive in facilitating discussions about nutrition and physical activity with their patients. Pharmacists across the world are already taking steps to promote healthy lifestyles among their patients through a variety of innovative initiatives, ranging from educational campaigns to more direct patient counselling strategies and programmes.

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Joint Statement of Policy by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) and the Global Self-Care Federation (GSCF) on Responsible and Effective Self-care (2021)

The objective of this statement is to describe the united role and intention of the pharmacy profession and industry in delivering solutions to people to facilitate self-care and in engaging with stakeholders including governments to further develop self-care as a core pillar of sustainable healthcare systems. This statement considers regulated or evidence-based selfcare products designed to promote good health, or to prevent and/or to treat ill health through self-care, and to achieve positive outcomes for people’s health. In this context, pharmacists play a key role when assisting individuals as they can provide unbiased, evidence based advice and information about regulated or evidence-based self-care products and services available.

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Pharmacists supporting women and responsible use of medicines: Empowering informal care givers (2018)

Women are the non-professional caregivers closest to healthcare professionals and are often the ones who visit pharmacies and assume responsibilities for health in the household. In general, women tend to seek treatment and visit doctors or pharmacies (and pharmacists) more frequently than men do. It is often the woman who encourages family members to visit a healthcare professional and who makes sure they take medicines and understand the treatment.

Pharmacists should support women in these emerging roles, because medicines are like a double-edged sword — of great benefit if used correctly, but capable of causing harm if used incorrectly. In this reference document, attention is paid to the fact that women as informal caregivers considerably lighten the load of the healthcare labour force, often playing a crucial and underappreciated role in providing healthcare to families and communities.

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Pharmacy as a gateway to care: Helping people towards better health (2017)

This reference paper reviews the current state of consumer interest in health care and presents a collection of evidence of pharmacy services related to self-care and the value that pharmacists bring to health care systems in this way. It lays out the drivers of self-care and profound changes in the way health care systems operate.

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Pharmacy a gateway to care: policy statement (2017)

This statement underscores the importance and benefits of self care. It recognises both the personal responsibility of patients to enhance and maintain their own health and well-being, and the responsibility of pharmacists to support patients in self care activities. Appropriate support by pharmacists will assist patients in improved or maintained health, greater health self-efficacy, and higher economic efficiency.

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Events/Webinars

In 2021, FIP launched the online programme “Shaping the future of self-care through pharmacy” with support from Reckitt.

As healthcare providers, pharmacists have an important role to play in supporting self-care. This programme is composed of 8 episodes that will focus on accelerating UHC for all by enabling self-care through community pharmacy, plus nine episodes focusing on self-care support for community pharmacy teams.

Below you may find the description and links to the recordings of these events, and to other FIP digital events related to self-care. You may also want to check the upcoming digital events at www.events.fip.org.

The role of pharmacists in the management of irritable bowel syndrome

July 15, 2022

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common chronic gastrointestinal disorder that affects people of all ages. Pharmacists can play an important role in symptom management, referral to other healthcare professionals and provision of advice to improve quality of life. This event will provide an overview of the main roles pharmacists can have in supporting people living with IBS, from a community pharmacy perspective.

By the end of the session participants should be able to:
• Discuss the role of community pharmacists around IBS
• Understand the difference in symptoms between abdominal cramping pain and IBS
• Identify red flag symptoms for referral of IBS patients

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Developing Global Pharmacist Travel Health Services

July 8, 2022

The demand for travel health and travel medicine services is rapidly growing with the return levels of international travel. Patients are frequently turning to community pharmacies for advice on disease reduction and maintaining personal health whilst travelling. Pretravel preparation is important for many reasons one of which is supporting Global Health policies and strategies.

In some countries legislation has been devolved to allow pharmacists to prescribe medication and vaccinate travellers. However, this is not the situation globally and the many countries place restrictions on this type of pharmacy practice.

Learning objectives:
– To raise the awareness of pretravel consultation service that can be provided in a community setting without prescribing or vaccination.
– To identify over-the-counter products that can be supplied to support travellers visiting a pharmacy
– Compare and contrast classes of over-the-counter products for selected conditions and identify/select appropriate patients for their use.
– Showcase the collaborations with the International Institute of Travel Medicine through membership of ISTM and completion of Certificate of Health

Moderator:
– Daragh Connolly, President Community Pharmacy Section, Ireland

Panelists:
– Derek Evans, Pharmacist Specialist in Travel Medicine Evans Travel Health consultancy, UK
– Karl Hess, Director, Community Pharmacy Practice Innovations Department of Pharmacy Practice, Chapman University School of Pharmacy, Irvine, California, USA
– Sheila Seed, Professor and Chair of Pharmacy Practice, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, USA
– Larry Goodyer, Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Leicester School of Pharmacy Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, De Montfort University, UK

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What you need to know about healthy nutrition for pharmacy

July 5, 2022

This first event in the FIP 2022 series ‘Food for thought: Pharmacists’ role in health nutrition’ aims to describe the basics of nutrition for pharmacists, and the role of pharmacists in providing nutrition services for better health outcomes, expanding from the 2021 FIP report “Nutrition and weight management services: A toolkit for pharmacists”.

Moderator:
– Jaime Acosta, Community Pharmacist, Farmacia Acosta, Spain

Panellists:
– Joanna Harnett, Senior Lecturer, Sydney Pharmacy School, Australia
– Rúben Viegas, Practice Development Projects Coordinator, FIP, Portugal

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The management of constipation by community pharmacists

June 7, 2022

Constipation is a common symptom pharmacists encounter in daily practice. It is often a self-limiting symptom that can be adequately managed in the community through the use of non-prescription medicines, as well as dietary and lifestyle measures. This event will explore how community pharmacists may support the management of constipation and empower individuals for optimal self-care.

By the end of the session participants should be able to:
• Understand the role of pharmacists in managing constipation in the community
• Understand the influence of fibre, exercise, and fluids in constipation
• Explore the complications of constipation medicines, especially in older adults

Moderator:

– Marwan Akel, FIP Projects Manager – Workforce development, evidence & impact, Lebanon

Panellists:

– Safwan Jihan, Assistant Dean, Lebanese International University / School of Pharmacy, Lebanon
– Madisch, Ahmed, Senior Consultant and Head, Center of Gastroenterology Bethanien, Germany
– João Rafael Gonçalves, Community pharmacist, Portugal

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The role of pharmacists in digestive wellness: an overview

May 30, 2022

Gastrointestinal health and digestive wellness can be influenced by several lifestyle factors, including diet and stress, and using certain types of medicines. It is important for pharmacists to consider these factors when interacting with patients who present with such symptoms. Different non-prescription medicines are available to treat symptoms related to GI complaints and digestive wellness, rendering pharmacies key access points for trusted advice and access to self-care products which can provide relief and care to affected individuals. This event marks the World Digestive Wellness Day (29 May).

By the end of the session participants should be able to:
• Understand the role of pharmacists in providing advice on digestive wellness
• Understand the relationship between gut wellness and immunity
• Identify practical ways to support better digestive wellness in the community

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Empowering self-care through pharmacy – Guidelines and resources for pharmacists

February 23, 2022

Self-care is an integral part of healthcare systems, contributing to healthcare cost savings, better allocation of resources and improved health outcomes in the population. Pharmacists are well placed in the community to support health-related decisions and facilitate informed self-care. FIP aims to support pharmacists in this role through advocacy and by developing professional resources in the area of self-care. This event will showcase a variety of FIP publications, including the launch of a new handbook.

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Supporting self-care: sexual health

January 20, 2022

Pharmacy teams are increasingly providing services that support people to self-care with their sexual health. This webinar will focus particularly on advice, screening and testing, as well as appropriate management of choices of medicines and products to support sexual health. A case study will be presented and the event will conclude with a panel discussion.

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Innovation in self-care models, shaping the future together.

January 13, 2022

This event discusses how targeted switching of prescription only medicines to non-prescription medicines (Over The Counter medicines) can contribute to self-care of a nation’s population. Availability of diagnostics in the pharmacy and beyond can also make an impact on self-care.

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Supporting self-care: children’s health

December 16, 2021

Pharmacy teams are increasingly supporting children and their carers with self-care. This webinar will focus particularly on appropriate management of choices of medicines and products to support children’s health, and the role of the pharmacist. A case study will be presented and the event will conclude with a panel discussion.

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Self-care’s contribution to universal health coverage – Healthcare’s and people’s perspectives

December 9, 2021

There is variability across the globe in the provision of universal healthcare. Self-care is the ability to maintain and improve individual’s health, prevent or limit diagnosed illnesses, and address self-treatable conditions. Self care is not no care and it is not necessarily practised in isolation. It may involve support and advice from others, such as expert pharmacy teams.  This event discusses how self-care can contribute to Universal Health Coverage from the perspectives of providers of healthcare services and public and patients.

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Supporting self-care: Gastrointestinal complaints and treatments

December 2, 2021

Gastrointestinal symptoms have an impact on the health and wellbeing of individuals that can be debilitating, however, the majority of people can be supported by the pharmacy team to self-care and effectively manage their symptoms.

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Supporting self-care: Sore throat

November 23, 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.

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Supporting self-care: disinfection in common conditions

October 15, 2021

Hygiene practices including hand and surface disinfection form part of our first line of defence by helping to reduce the spread of the infections such as COVID-19. These interventions also have an impact on many common infections such as cold and seasonal flu. The pharmacy team are the most accessible healthcare provider and are a convenient source of advice for patients and public in the maintenance of appropriate hand and surface hygiene practices.

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Accelerating selfcare to achieve Universal Health Coverage

October 6, 2021

This event asked how healthcare can be rebuilt amidst a global pandemic and focus on the important role that selfcare plays. It also looked at the enablers that will accelerate self-care through community pharmacy and how this builds towards Universal Health Coverage.

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Understanding and managing headaches in the community: Therapeutic approaches and advancements in the Southeast Asia region

September 16, 2021

Pain is a common symptom of a range of conditions or situations, and can manifest and be experienced with different intensities, from mild discomfort to highly incapacitating. A particular type of pain that often leads to consultations to pharmacists and the use of self-care medicines is headache. Relieving headaches and regaining mental clarity are important for patient wellbeing and productivity, and pharmacists can play a role in advising on the most appropriate strategies and therapeutic approaches that are suitable for each patient.

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Understanding and managing headaches in the community: Therapeutic approaches and advancements in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

September 16, 2021

Pain is a common symptom of a range of conditions or situations, and can manifest and be experienced with different intensities, from mild discomfort to highly incapacitating. A particular type of pain that often leads to consultations to pharmacists and the use of self-care medicines is headache. Relieving headaches and regaining mental clarity are important for patient wellbeing and productivity, and pharmacists can play a role in advising on the most appropriate strategies and therapeutic approaches that are suitable for each patient.

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Understanding and managing headaches in the community: Therapeutic approaches and advancements in the Europe region

September 16, 2021

Pain is a common symptom of a range of conditions or situations, and can manifest and be experienced with different intensities, from mild discomfort to highly incapacitating. A particular type of pain that often leads to consultations to pharmacists and the use of self-care medicines is headache. Relieving headaches and regaining mental clarity are important for patient wellbeing and productivity, and pharmacists can play a role in advising on the most appropriate strategies and therapeutic approaches that are suitable for each patient.

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Strategies towards improved patient outcomes with OTC analgesics

September 14, 2021

Support pharmacists to play an advisory role in community pain management with OTC analgesics.

The learning objectives of this symposia involves providing community pharmacists with:

– Consumer perspectives towards their pain management
– Importance of stratifying treatment based on patient underlying conditions & needs

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Understanding and managing headaches in the community: Therapeutic approaches and advancements in the Americas

September 13, 2021

Pain is a common symptom of a range of conditions or situations, and can manifest and be experienced with different intensities, from mild discomfort to highly incapacitating. A particular type of pain that often leads to consultations to pharmacists and the use of self-care medicines is headache. Relieving headaches and regaining mental clarity are important for patient wellbeing and productivity, and pharmacists can play a role in advising on the most appropriate strategies and therapeutic approaches that are suitable for each patient.

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Understanding and managing headaches in the community: Therapeutic approaches and advancements in the Western Pacific region

September 13, 2021

Pain is a common symptom of a range of conditions or situations, and can manifest and be experienced with different intensities, from mild discomfort to highly incapacitating. A particular type of pain that often leads to consultations to pharmacists and the use of self-care medicines is headache. Relieving headaches and regaining mental clarity are important for patient wellbeing and productivity, and pharmacists can play a role in advising on the most appropriate strategies and therapeutic approaches that are suitable for each patient.

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Understanding and managing headaches in the community: Therapeutic approaches and advancements in the African region

September 13, 2021

Pain is a common symptom of a range of conditions or situations, and can manifest and be experienced with different intensities, from mild discomfort to highly incapacitating. A particular type of pain that often leads to consultations to pharmacists and the use of self-care medicines is headache. Relieving headaches and regaining mental clarity are important for patient wellbeing and productivity, and pharmacists can play a role in advising on the most appropriate strategies and therapeutic approaches that are suitable for each patient.

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Supporting self-care: Women’s health

September 9, 2021

Pharmacy teams are increasingly supporting patients with self-care. This webinar focused particularly on appropriate management of choices of medicines and products to support women’s health, and the role of the pharmacist. A case study was presented and the event concluded with a panel discussion.

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Understanding and managing 21st century headaches in the community

September 3, 2021

Pain is a common symptom of a range of conditions or situations, and can manifest and be experienced with different intensities, from mild discomfort to highly incapacitating. Supporting patients in adequately managing pain and using medicines to alleviate it in an optimal way is a common and important part of pharmacists’ daily practice.

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Dynamics shaping the future self-care market

September 2, 2021

Self-care can empower consumers by giving them the knowledge and tools to improve the quality of their daily lives. For example, consumers often treat minor symptoms, such as a mild headache or a cold, themselves using products purchased over-the-counter at a local pharmacy or grocery store.

In 1998, a special working group of the World Health Organization (WHO) offered an inclusive definition of self-care: “Self-care in health refers to the activities individuals, families and communities undertake with the intention of enhancing health, preventing disease, limiting illness, and restoring health. These activities are derived from knowledge and skills from the pool of both professional and lay experience. They are undertaken by lay people on their own behalf, either separately or in participative collaboration with professionals.”

In today’s rapidly changing healthcare environment, self-care should be recognised as an integral element of a coordinated and comprehensive national health policy.

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Selfcare in the digital age

August 21, 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.

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Supporting self-care: Footcare in diabetes management

July 28, 2021

Diabetic foot is a devasting complication of diabetes that can lead to loss of a limb and life. It has a complex pathology characterised by neuropathy, ischaemia and slow healing. Often the resulting loss in feeling leaves patients unable to sense the damage to their feet. 451 Million suffer with diabetes worldwide, 1 in 10 will get a foot ulcer, 80% go to have an amputation, 8 out of 10 amputations can be prevented by intervention.

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Readying the global population for self-care: Health literacy in the 2020s

July 24, 2021

This event will explore the evolution in our understanding of health literacy and identify practical strategies to improve health literacy in community populations. The role of the pharmacist in health literacy is also discussed.
Health literacy describes the skills that enable individuals to obtain, understand and use information to make decisions and take actions that have an impact on health. Several countries now have well established national strategies and plans to improve health literacy through programs to improve the skills of patients and the public, and service changes to reduce the literacy demands on patients and the public.

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Supporting self-care: musculoskeletal pain and chronicity

June 30, 2021

The aim of this event was to identify how the community pharmacy team can support self-care for people with musculoskeletal pain

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Distribution of medicines and promotion of responsible self-care: Channels, changes and challenges

June 22, 2021

This webinar will present selected findings from a recent FIP survey on the regulation of the distribution of medicines and pharmacists’ role in supporting responsible self-care. It will also focus on the role of pharmacies in relation to the use of generics, as well as alternative and complementary medicines.

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Delivering person-centred support for self-care: current and future pharmacy practice

June 16, 2021

This event will showcase current self-care delivery in community pharmacy across the globe and explore how future delivery could look. People centred care is at the heart of self-care and so this is an important area to explore including the associated communication skills. Strategies to build trust and rapport is vital to self-care will also be discussed. This topic is important because pharmacy teams are increasingly supporting patients with self-care.

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Obesity and weight management: Pharmacist-led services and approaches

June 4, 2021

This webinar will focus on the the role of community of pharmacists in weight management and obesity prevention, screening, referral and management, pharmacy-led weight management approaches and the intergenerational correlations in hypercholesterolemia and obesity. In addition, we will also present selected aspects from the FIP handbook on nutrition and weight management for pharmacists, to be launched that day.

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Appropriate management in the choice of medicines for self-care

June 2, 2021

This event will showcase the four pillars of the FIP Community Pharmacy Section’s Vision – review, prescribe, dispense, administer. It will also signpost how to empower patients, pharmacists, healthcare professionals about the value of selfcare and the importance of appropriate management for selecting medicines for self-care.

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Nutritional approaches to the prevention and management of non-communicable diseases: Roles for pharmacists

May 28, 2021

This webinar will focus on the role of nutrition in the prevention and management of non-communicable diseases, and the role that pharmacists can play to support healthy nutrition choices for different population groups. We plan to invite a range of expert speakers to address important aspects such as the role of community of pharmacists in diabetes prevention, screening, referral and management, the role of dietary supplements in disease management and one example of a community pharmacy nutrition service. In addition, we will also present selected aspects from the FIP handbook on nutrition and weight management for pharmacists, to be launched that day.

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Community pharmacy regulation, access and remuneration – global trends

May 27, 2021

This webinar will present selected findings from a recent FIP survey on community pharmacy models and self-care. It will provide an overview of trends affecting community pharmacies’ sustainability, namely the impact of players such as Amazon or the evolution of remuneration models for professional services. It will also provide a snapshot of community pharmacy in China.

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Shaping the future of self-care: healthcare needs & challenges

May 19, 2021

This event will set the scene for FIP’s self-care digital events programme. It will describe what the programme consists of and the main learning outcomes. This topic is important because pharmacy teams are increasingly supporting patients with self-care. The event will also describe what self-care involves, its benefits and the future of self-care. There will be a panel discussion about how pharmacy can shape the future of self-care.

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Online access to medicines: lessons learnt for self-care

April 16, 2021

Online delivery of goods became very common nowadays, and even increased during COVID-19 pandemic and related lockdowns. The way consumers obtain medicines, as special type of goods, is also changing. In some countries, buying medicines online is becoming common practice, because buyers are preferring to order their medicines through a click of a button rather than taking a trip to a pharmacy or a drug store. However, online customers may have difficulty knowing whether an Internet pharmacy is a legitimate operation, without the same confidence as they would have had in the neighborhood pharmacy. What are the practices in place to make sure that the online patient or customer can rely that they will receive the medicine they need? What are the advantages and disadvantages to accessing medicines on-line from patients, as well as from pharmacists’ point of view? Since medicines are regulated products and the need for consideration of ethical issues in access to medicines is important, the online pharmacy services have both advantages and disadvantages. What are the medicines patients are allowed to receive online in different countries? What is the scope of online pharmaceutical services vis-à-vis medicine procurement, distribution, online prescriptions, internet drug information, pharmaceutical care services, etc.?

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Self-care: managing mild COVID-19 symptoms, dispelling the myth

November 24, 2020

The aim of this event is to describe an evidence-based approach to self-care of mild COVID-19 symptoms

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Partnerships

Global Self Care Federation

The public interest will be best served when pharmacists and the self-care products industry work together to ensure that self-care is responsible and effective, is only undertaken when it is appropriate to do so, and advice is always given to seek a healthcare professional’s support when that is necessary. FIP and GSCF commit to work together to ensure that pharmacists and manufacturers appropriately work towards fulfilling these responsibilities.