Patient power

This report from UK think tank Demos looks at unleashing choice over routine medications.

Despite patient choice on medication being essential to the NHS Constitution, our report Patient Power shows it is rarely happening on the ground.

When the NHS in England considers how to build back from its crisis response to the Covid-19 pandemic, there is an opportunity to reconsider the nature of the ongoing relationship between patient and doctor, and in particular the way in which routine medications are prescribed.

The report, supported by AbbVie, found that many patients are not fully aware of the level of control they are entitled to when it comes to choosing medication. It suggests that pharmacists could play a greater role in the patient care pathway to support patients make choices about their medication, where doctors do not have the time or capacity.

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