Background Community pharmacists are expanding their sphere of activity within primary health care, increasing their role not only in health care but also research.
Methods and results We describe the challenges encountered in carrying out a pilot study of women obtaining emergency hormonal contraception through different providers, including pharmacies, highlighting deficiencies in understanding and experience of the research process, which impacted on the study in substantial ways.
Conclusions As pharmacists expand their role, training and professional development will need to be enhanced to support them in their contribution to health care and research.
- community pharmacist
- emergency contraception
- pharmacy education
- pharmacy research
- Accepted June 24, 2008.
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