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New National Self-Care Survey and Resources


The NCPIE-sponsored Self-Care Survey* highlights prevailing perceptions, behaviors and trends among people and their healthcare providers in today's changing healthcare environment. Findings indicate that people are taking greater ownership of their own health beyond the doctor's office, demonstrating knowledge and resourcefulness when it comes to health-related matters. In fact, 64 percent of respondents believe they could be making more decisions about their health and wellness. The survey shows that the majority of surveyed individuals (88%) feel confident in their abilities to take responsibility for their health and 89 percent agree that they know where to look and whom to ask if they have health questions or concerns.

Further, survey findings revealed that the majority of people agree that over-the-counter (OTC) products — medications available without a prescription — are important tools for better managing their own health, but more than a third (38%) express uncertainty that they have enough information to confidently decide which OTC product is right for them. As such, more than half of people (56%) seek the advice of their primary care physician (PCP), pharmacist or other healthcare provider to help them choose the right OTC product.

Recognizing this trend and the numerous outlets and tools for self-management of health, NCPIE is committed to educating and empowering individuals, ensuring that they have accurate and up-to-date information and resources to make informed decisions about their own care and that of their loved ones.

The following self-care resources are tools that can help you in your own self-care journey:

Self-Care Survey Data Webinar

"Self-Care In Today's Changing Healthcare Environment"

(Presented April 29, 2015)

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this presentation are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect the position of either NCPIE or Pfizer.

To further illuminate what the Self-Care Survey findings mean for individuals actively seeking to manage their health and wellness (self-care), we hosted a 60-minute webinar along with special presenters in the healthcare industry on April 29, 2015. In this presentation, we are joined by Dr. Jenelle Sobotka (professor and endowed chair of pharmacy practice, Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy) and Jane Sarasohn-Kahn (principal blogger, Health Populi; and health economist and management consultant, THINK-Health) for a review of the national survey data and insights on the changing behaviors of individuals as they navigate self-care in a changing healthcare landscape.

*Based on a 2014 survey conducted by Ipsos, with sponsorship by Pfizer, among a nationally representative sample of 2,024 American adults, aged 18 and older, and 516 primary care physicians between September 25 and October 15, 2014.