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Brazilian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences

versão On-line ISSN 2175-9790

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GALATO, Dayani; GALAFASSI, Luciana de Mattos; ALANO, Graziela Modolon  e  TRAUTHMAN, Silvana Cristina. Responsible self-medication: review of the process of pharmaceutical attendance. Braz. J. Pharm. Sci. [online]. 2009, vol.45, n.4, pp.625-633. ISSN 2175-9790.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1984-82502009000400004.

This article presents a review, based on a qualitative study, of pharmaceutical orientation in the management of minor illness. Action research methodology was used by a group of faculty members responsible for the community pharmacy internship and by postgraduates in clinical pharmacy, to carry out the study with the objective to present a standard service for this kind of procedure. The interaction with the individual starts with a welcoming reception, at which point the pharmacist should be receptive and show empathy. Subsequently, data from the history of the patient are collected to obtain relevant information. Based on this information, the pharmacist must develop a line of clinical reasoning and make a decision, taking the context of the patient into account. After this analysis, the most appropriate intervention is performed. This intervention could indicate the need for referral to another health professional, the use of a non-pharmacological therapy or the provision of sound advice on medicines available without prescription. The next step is monitoring the patient in order to identify the effectiveness and safety of treatment. The standardization process of pharmaceutical attendance in the management of minor disorders contributes to the rational use of medicines.

Palavras-chave : Self-medication; Community pharmacy; Drugs [rational use]; Pharmaceutical orientation; Responsible self-medication; Minor illness.

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