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Involving pharmacists in sexual health research: experience from an emergency contraception study
  1. Kirsten Black, FRANZCOG, MFSRH, Senior Lecturer1,
  2. Claire Anderson, PhD, MRPharmS, Professor of Social Pharmacy2,
  3. Ali Kubba, FRCOG, FFSRH, Lead Consultant3 and
  4. Kaye Wellings, FRCOG ad eundem, FFPH, Professor of Sexual and Reproductive Health4
  1. Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
  2. School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
  3. Department of Reproductive and Sexual Health Services, Lambeth Primary Care Trust, London, UK
  4. Centre for Sexual and Reproductive Health Research, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Kirsten Black, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, QEII Research Institute, Building D02, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia. E-mail: kblack{at}med.usyd.edu.au

Abstract

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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