The provision of current and future sexual health services from community pharmacies in Grampian, Scotland
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Objective Community pharmacies play a vital role in promoting, maintaining and improving the health of the local community. This study explored community pharmacists’ activities and attitudes towards the provision of sexual health services (SHS) in North East Scotland, as well as their needs with regard to the delivery of current and future SHS. Setting North East Scotland. Methods A questionnaire was conducted of community pharmacists working in community pharmacies in Grampian (n = 128). Main outcome measures Self-reported provision of sexual health services; attitudes towards current and future sexual health services; previous training and perceived training needs; respondent demographics. Results In total, 73% (94/128) of community pharmacists responded. The average number of SHS/products per pharmacy was six out of a possible 13 (range: 4–10). Respondents expressed positive attitudes towards the provision of current and future SHS. However, they also reported that they had received little or no sexual health training but that they would like to receive training in all areas of sexual health. Barriers to the provision of sexual health included workload, lack of training and the need for payment for additional services. Conclusion Community pharmacists already provide a limited range of sexual health services. Community pharmacists, their staff and their premises could be used in strategies to reduce unplanned pregnancies, the incidence of sexually transmitted infections and to promote respectful and responsible sexual behaviour.
KeywordsAttitudes Pharmacist Scotland Sexual health United Kingdom
We thank the community pharmacists in Grampian who participated in this survey. We are grateful to Ms Helen Foster at NHS Grampian for all her secretarial and administrative support.
This study was support by a grant from NHS Grampian Sexual Health Funds.
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