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Self-care for minor ailments

Published: 14 September, 2018

People are being encouraged to self care – manage non complicated conditions without the help of healthcare professionals or services. A series of systematic reviews by EPPI for the Department of Health have identified a number of factors which influence the effectiveness of interventions designed to promote self care.

Six intervention types were identified: education, NHS walk-in, telephone triage, practice nursing, GP antibiotic prescribing, and advanced paramedic roles. Of these, only delayed antibiotic prescribing was shown to reduce GP attendances.

Richardson M, Khouja C, Sutcliffe K, Hinds K, Brunton G, Stansfield C, Thomas J (2018). Self-care for minor ailments: systematic reviews of qualitative and quantitative research. London: EPPI-Centre, Social Science Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education, University College London

Last updated: 10 September, 2018

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