All Canadians benefit from enhanced self-care. It not only leads to better health outcomes for individuals and their families but also directly contributes to a more efficient and sustainable healthcare system.
CHP Canada is dedicated to advancing evidence-based self-care. We envision a future where the essential role Canadians play in their own health is recognized and supported throughout their lives.
This is a future where we prevent preventable disease and where all Canadians can safely, and confidently care for themselves while also having ready access to health professionals.
This is a future designed to provide people with the broadest possible access to evidence-based health products, services, tools, and information.
As demonstrated by the CHP Canada research found on this page, as well as external sources, self-care can have a positive impact both for Canadians and for their healthcare system. Research shows that positive impacts can come from a variety of influences including:
- Improving health literacy;
- Increasing non-prescription access medications and;
- Eliminating taxes on non-prescription medications to make treatment more affordable for those without access to a family doctor or a drug plan.
These are just some of the ways that we can build an efficient and long-lasting healthcare system that works better for everyone.
Below you can find some of our research reports on all issues related to consumer health products and self-care:
Labelling Research Forum (2018)
Health Literacy Survey (2017)
- News release – Canadians’ Strong Health Literacy Scores Tied to Good Health Status, But Navigating Health System Remains a Challenge.
Conference Board of Canada Value of Switch (2017)
CHP Industry’s Contribution to the Canadian Economy (2015)
Behaviors related to the self-care of Minor Ailments (2015)
- News release – Wealthier, better-educated Canadians with drug plans clogging doctors’ offices with minor aches and sniffles (Aug/15)
- News release – Do you really need to head to the doctor for heartburn, a runny nose, or a skinned knee? (Jul/15)
- News release – Nothing to Sneeze At: New Poll Shows Majority of Canadians Tough it Out, But Common Cold Still Causing Costly Headaches for the Healthcare System (Feb/15)
- Redfern Research Survey Presentation (Jan/15)
Role of the Pharmacist’s Prescribing behaviors for minor ailments (2014)
From Patient to Resource: The role of self-care in patient-centered care of minor ailments (2012)
Consumer Views of Safety and Efficacy Issues Related to Consumer Health Products and Natural Health Products (2010)
- Responsible Use (2007)
Other Canadian and International Industry and Consumer Research:
- Health Canada’s Consumer Health Product Survey (2016)
- Consumer Navigation and Selection Behaviors for OTC Products (2014)
- Reducing Antibiotic Prescription for Self-Limiting Respiratory Tract Infection in Primary Care: A Pilot Study (2014)
- Making the Case for Information: The evidence for investing in high quality information for patients and the public (2013)
- Primary Care: Today and Tomorrow – Improving general practice by working differently (2012)
- The Value of OTC Medicine to the United States (2012)
- Ernst & Young’s 2012 Progressions report provides important information on two key areas of self-care (2012)
- Improving the decision-making process for non-prescription medicines (2011)
- SWITCH. Prescription to Nonprescription Switch (2009)
- Responsible Self-Care and Self-Medication. A Worldwide Review of Consumer Surveys