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Inspired by: FP7 » Increasing Self-Medication

version: 7 / updated: 2011-01-27
id: #1520 / version id: #29
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Originally submitted by: Cornelia Daheim
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Source of inspiration

European Commission Framework Programme for RTD (FP7)

Theme/activity of inspiration

Theme 1 - Health

Sub-theme/area of inspiration

Detection, diagnosis and monitoring

Uploaded reports, images or pictures related to the Weak Signal

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Signal's headline

(max. 9 words)
Increasing Self-Medication

Signal's description

(approx. 150 words)
Please describe the Weak Signal (approx. 150 words)
Due to rising costs, doctors are less often being consulted, but patients medicate themselves. The probability of undetected diseases and risks for overdoses rise.


self-medication, consultation, diseases, overdoses, patients


(max. 250 characters)
Due to rising costs, doctors are less often being consulted, but patients medicate themselves. The probability of undetected diseases and risks for overdoses might rise significantly.

Signal's first apperance


Signal's potential evolution

It could lead to...
issue type of issue/development potential impact on society timeframe for the issue to become at least 50% probable
#1 WI: A high number of people dies of overdoses after self-medication. continuation
very harmful

Under what assumption the Weak Signal might evolve.

further cutbacks in public health care


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please select
Level 2: important for a particular world region mainly USA and EU

Filters preventing the signal's monitoring

political filters (party or ideological interests)
social filters (class, status, education level)

Key driving forces of this signal

Please use these boxes to provide up to 2 drivers of HIGH importance. Click on HELP to see examples:
Driver 1 Driver 2
Social the ageing society leads to higher burden on the health systems
Political rising health care costs are a high burden on the public budget which lead to cut backs

Major risks & opportunities associated to the signal

Please choose the most appropriate timeframe option(s) to which you would like to provide inputs.
Risks Opportunities
before 2015 mishandling of medication might harm the consumers
between 2015-2025 might lead to a two-tier health care system less burden on the public health care system

Potential stakeholders' actions

short-term actions
(after 2015)
Academic/Research sector research projects examining the misuse of medication
Non-for-profit organisations (e.g. NGOs, political parties, social movements, voluntary associations) provide health education and inform about potential side effects of medication misuse

Signal's relevance for European Grand Challenges

where? please justify:
particularly relevant Europe world
Ageing and other demographic tensions
Diseases, health and well-being
Work-Life balance and mental health

Signal's relevance for thematic research areas

please justify:
particularly relevant
Social Sciences and Humanities

Pan-European strategies influencing the signal

please justify:
particularly relevant
Increasing the efficiency and impact of public research through Joint Programming (i.e. combining national and pan-European research efforts) or the optimisation of research programmes and priorities, for example.

Research-friendly strategies potentially improving understanding of the signal

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please justify:
particularly relevant
Creating a closer link between researchers & policy-makers
(e.g. supporting both thematic and cross-cutting policies, highlighting the strategic purpose of the European Research Area, etc.

Signal's relevance for future R&D and STI policies

Note: RTD = research and technology development; STI = science, technology and innovation
As self-medication will rather increase, research might focus on how to inform people about possible side-effects of drugs.