Pharmacy-based sexual health services: a systematic review of experiences and attitudes of pharmacy users and pharmacy staff.

Gauly, Julia and Ross, Jonathan and Hall, Isobel and Soda, Irekanmi and Atherton, Helen (2019) Pharmacy-based sexual health services: a systematic review of experiences and attitudes of pharmacy users and pharmacy staff. Sexually transmitted infections, 95 (7). pp. 488-495. ISSN 1472-3263. This article is available to all UHB staff and students via ASK Discovery tool http://tinyurl.com/z795c8c by using their UHB Athens login IDs

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Abstract

BACKGROUND

Pharmacies are increasingly providing services related to contraception and STIs. Identifying pharmacy staff' and users' experiences and attitudes relating to sexual health services is critical to understand users' needs and examining how pharmacy staff can most effectively contribute to patient-centred care. This systematic review aimed to examine pharmacy staff and pharmacy users' experiences and attitudes towards the delivery of a large range of sexual health services.

METHODS

Seven electronic databases and the reference lists of all included studies were searched in September 2018. Studies giving insight into pharmacy users' and pharmacy staff's experiences and attitudes towards the delivery of services related to contraception and STIs were included. The Mixed Methods Appraisal Tool was used to assess the quality of included studies and a narrative synthesis applied to analyse evidence.

RESULTS

Nineteen studies were included. Eleven studies looked at pharmacy staff, four at users and four at both groups. Users found services accessible and convenient and staff found service provision feasible. However, several barriers to service delivery were identified including lack of privacy for delivering services, lack of trained staff available to provide services and subjective judgements being made on who should be provided or offered a service.

DISCUSSION

Barriers to service delivery need to be addressed to allow pharmacies to deliver their full potential. Future research on pharmacy-based gonorrhoea and syphilis screening, and hepatitis B vaccination is needed.

PROSPERO REGISTRATION NUMBER

CRD42018106807.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available to all UHB staff and students via ASK Discovery tool http://tinyurl.com/z795c8c by using their UHB Athens login IDs
Subjects: QV Pharmacology
WC Communicabable diseases
WJ Urogenital system. Urology
WP Gynaecology. Women’s health
WX Health services
Divisions: Clinical Support > Infectious Diseases
Planned IP Care > Urology
Womens and Childrens > Gynaecology
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Depositing User: Beth Connors
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2020 15:40
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2020 15:40
URI: http://www.repository.uhblibrary.co.uk/id/eprint/2879

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