Pillar 7: 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-recognizable 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.
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 medicine use, for which some basic recommendations may be made: