Evolution of self-care education

Emily M. Ambizas, Karen M.S. Bastianelli, Stefanie P. Ferreri, Seena L. Haines, Katherine Kelly Orr, Misty M. Stutz, Jenny A. van Amburgh, Miranda Wilhelm

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During the past 15 years, the curriculum content for nonprescription medication and self-care therapeutics has expanded significantly. Self-care courses ranging from stand-alone, required courses to therapeutic content and skills laboratories, have evolved in colleges and schools of pharmacy to accommodate rapid changes related to nonprescription medications and to meet the needs of students. The design of and content delivery methods used in self-care courses vary among institutions. Teaching innovations such as team-based learning, role playing/vignettes, videos, and social media, as well as interdisciplinary learning have enhanced delivery of this content. Given that faculty members train future pharmacists, they should be familiar with the new paradigms of Nonprescription Safe Use Regulatory Expansion (NSURE) Initiative, nonprescription medications for chronic diseases, and the growing trends of health and wellness in advancing patient-care initiatives. This paper reviews the significant changes that may be impacting self-care curriculums in the United States.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number28
JournalAmerican journal of pharmaceutical education
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2014


  • Nonprescription medications
  • Pharmacy education
  • Self-care


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