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Self care should not be 'second choice'

By Nigel Praities

Self-care should not be a ‘second choice' for people not looked after by the NHS, say researchers.

The analysis of 46 studies from the University of Birmingham found those using home monitoring, self-testing, OTC and complementary medicines were more likely to be affluent and have poorer measures of health.

They concluded self-care should be targeted so it did not widen health inequalities and not used as a replacement for NHS services.

‘It is important to ensure that self care is not a second choice for people who feel dissatisfied with, or have not had their needs met by conventional services,' the researchers concluded.

The research was published online in BMC Public Health.

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