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

Safeera Yasmeen Hussainy, Ayesha Ghosh, Angela Taft, Danielle Mazza, Kirsten Black, Rhonda Clifford, Sanji Gudka, Kevin Peter McNamara, Kathleen M Ryan, John Keith Jackson

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 8
Number of pages8
JournalBMJ Open
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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