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Protocol for ACCESS : a qualitative study exploring barriers and facilitators to accessing the emergency contraceptive pill from community pharmacies in Australia

Hussainy, Safeera Yasmin, Ghosh, Ayesha, Taft, Angela, Mazza, Danielle, Black, Kirsten Isla, Clifford, Rhonda, Gudka, Sajni, Mc Namara, Kevin Peter, Ryan, Kath and Jackson, John Keith 2015, Protocol for ACCESS : a qualitative study exploring barriers and facilitators to accessing the emergency contraceptive pill from community pharmacies in Australia, BMJ open, vol. 5, no. 12, Article number: e010009, pp. 1-8, doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010009.

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Title Protocol for ACCESS : a qualitative study exploring barriers and facilitators to accessing the emergency contraceptive pill from community pharmacies in Australia
Author(s) Hussainy, Safeera Yasmin
Ghosh, Ayesha
Taft, Angela
Mazza, Danielle
Black, Kirsten Isla
Clifford, Rhonda
Gudka, Sajni
Mc Namara, Kevin PeterORCID iD for Mc Namara, Kevin Peter orcid.org/0000-0001-6547-9153
Ryan, Kath
Jackson, John Keith
Journal name BMJ open
Volume number 5
Issue number 12
Season Article number: e010009
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 2044-6055
Keyword(s) primary care
public health
qualitative research
reproductive medicine
sexual medicine
Summary INTRODUCTION: The rate of unplanned pregnancy in Australia remains high, which has contributed to Australia having one of the highest abortion rates of developed countries with an estimated 1 in 5 women having an abortion. The emergency contraceptive pill (ECP) offers a safe way of preventing unintended pregnancy after unprotected sex has occurred. While the ECP has been available over-the-counter in Australian pharmacies for over a decade, its use has not significantly increased. This paper presents a protocol for a qualitative study that aims to identify the barriers and facilitators to accessing the ECP from community pharmacies in Australia.

METHODS AND ANALYSIS: Data will be collected through one-on-one interviews that are semistructured and in-depth. Partnerships have been established with 2 pharmacy groups and 2 women's health organisations to aid with the recruitment of women and pharmacists for data collection purposes. Interview questions explore domains from the Theoretical Domains Framework in order to assess the factors aiding and/or hindering access to ECP from community pharmacies. Data collected will be analysed using deductive content analysis. The expected benefits of this study are that it will help develop evidence-based workforce interventions to strengthen the capacity and performance of community pharmacists as key ECP providers.

ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION: The findings will be disseminated to the research team and study partners, who will brainstorm ideas for interventions that would address barriers and facilitators to access identified from the interviews. Dissemination will also occur through presentations and peer-reviewed publications and the study participants will receive an executive summary of the findings. The study has been evaluated and approved by the Monash Human Research Ethics Committee.
Language eng
DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010009
Field of Research 111599 Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution non-commercial licence
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