Benefits and risks of self medication.

  title={Benefits and risks of self medication.},
  author={Carmel M. Hughes and James C McElnay and Glenda F. Fleming},
  journal={Drug safety},
  volume={24 14},
Self medication is becoming an increasingly important area within healthcare. It moves patients towards greater independence in making decisions about management of minor illnesses, thereby promoting empowerment. Self medication also has advantages for healthcare systems as it facilitates better use of clinical skills, increases access to medication and may contribute to reducing prescribed drug costs associated with publicly funded health programmes. However, self medication is associated with… CONTINUE READING