Emergency contraceptive pills over-the-counter: practices and attitudes of pharmacy and nurse-midwife providers
2004 (English)In: Patient Education and Counseling, ISSN 0738-3991, E-ISSN 1873-5134, Vol. 55, no 1, 129-135 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Deregulation of emergency contraceptive pills (ECP) has led to pharmacy staff becoming a new provider group of ECP, together with nurse-midwives, who are already experienced in prescribing contraceptives. This postal questionnaire survey aimed to assess practices and attitudes towards ECP and the over-the-counter (OTC)-availability among pharmacy staff (n=237) and nurse-midwives (n=163). The overall response rate was 89%. Both study groups were positive to ECP and the OTC-availability and the vast majority agreed that sexually active women should be aware of ECP and that routine information about ECP should be included in contraceptive counseling. Verbal information on all aspects of ECP to clients was reported more often by nurse-midwives than by pharmacy staff. Both groups supported collaboration between providers. Our findings suggest that further collaboration between pharmacies and family planning clinics should be encouraged to ensure a competent and client-friendly provision of ECP.
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2004. Vol. 55, no 1, 129-135 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-90597DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2003.08.008PubMedID: 15477000OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-90597DiVA: diva2:163008