Uptake and User Characteristics for Pharmacy-Based Contraception and Chlamydia Treatment: A Quantitative Retrospective Study from the UK.

Gauly, Julia, Atherton, Helen and Ross, Jonathan D C (2021) Uptake and User Characteristics for Pharmacy-Based Contraception and Chlamydia Treatment: A Quantitative Retrospective Study from the UK. Pharmacy (Basel, Switzerland), 9 (1). ISSN 2226-4787.

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Abstract

The health provider Umbrella delivers several SRHS through more than 120 pharmacies in Birmingham (England). Umbrella pharmacy data collected between August 2015 and August 2018 were used to descriptively analyse the uptake and user characteristics for emergency contraception, short-acting oral contraception, condoms and chlamydia treatment. In total, 54,309 pharmacy visits were analysed. A total of 30,473 females presented for emergency contraception. Most were supplied with an emergency contraceptive pill (98.6%, 30,052 out of 30,473), which was levonorgestrel in 57.4% of cases (17,255 out of 30,052). Of those females who attended for short-acting oral contraception, 54.3% (1764 out of 3247) were provided with the progesterone-only pill. Of those who were given chlamydia treatment, the majority received doxycycline (76.8%, 454 out of 591). A total of 74% (14,888 out of 19,998) of those who requested condoms were not provided with specific instructions on their use. Pharmacies have the potential to make a substantial contribution to the delivery of an integrated sexual health service including rapid access to emergency contraception, convenient delivery of short-acting hormonal contraception and treatment of chlamydia. Appropriate education, support and audit is required to ensure the delivery of high-quality care.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: HQ Sex. Relationships. Marriage. The family
QA Mathematics. Computing
W Public health. Health statistics. Occupational health. Health education
WP Gynaecology. Women’s health
WX Health services
Divisions: Ambulatory Care > Outpatients
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Depositing User: Jamie Edgar
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2021 09:57
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2021 09:57
URI: http://www.repository.uhblibrary.co.uk/id/eprint/4206

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