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Supporting self-care: Sore throat
Sore throat is a common self-limiting condition which often leads to patients presenting in the pharmacy for advice, treatment options and reassurance. Sore throat is predominantly a viral condition for which symptomatic management offers the most appropriate course of action. Effective diagnosis, communication and managing expectations can prevent unnecessary onward referral or inappropriate antibiotic use.
To help pharmacists enhance their role as the primary healthcare professional in the appropriate management of sore throat through improved communication and appropriate management that supports self-care.
1. List the presenting symptoms of sore throat
2. Explain the diagnosis of sore throat
3. Describe an evidence-based approach to treatment options
-Sabiha Essack, Professor: Pharmaceutical Sciences
South African Research Chair in Antibiotic Resistance & One Health, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
-Douglas Bourgoyne, Principal Cooperative Benefits Group, LLC, USA
-John Bell, Community pharmacist and Self-care Advisor
Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Australia
-Wirat Tongrod, Member of AMR Commission, Lecturer – Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Huachiew Chalermprakiat University- Thailand