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An interdisciplinary perspective on dietary supplements: reconfiguration of professional roles within new trends of therapeutic consumptions

Author(s): Hélder António Santos Nunes Raposo | Liliana Aranha Caetano

Journal: Saúde & Transformação Social
ISSN 2178-7085

Volume: 1;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 12;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Dietary Supplements | Therapeutic Uses | Pharmacy | Professional Role | Interdisciplinary.

The current role that dietary supplements have been playing under new logic of supply and consumption of therapeutic resources, is a fact that reveals the emergence of new phenomena that generate major reconfigurations to the social dimension of new practices around these resources, with implications for the professional role of pharmacy practitioners. In this new framework, in which new realities are emerging as a professional response to these phenomena, the interdisciplinary outlook that we develop aims to raise some critical questions concerning the development of new roles in pharmacy practitioners in counseling and health education. We assert that this goal will scarcely be more than just a normative horizon, if unable to integrate the nature of sociological approaches on important reconfiguration of the dynamics of lay autonomy and reflexivity that have been occurring in terms of health management and therapeutic consumptions.
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