Background: Chlamydia trachomatis notification rates continue to rise in high-risk groups such as women presenting for emergency contraception. Screening reduces the incidence and complications of chlamydia infections. Community pharmacies would be suitable for the provision of Chlamydia screening. Aim: To determine the acceptability to pharmacists and women, of a community pharmacy-based Chlamydia screening program. Method: 2 questionnaires were designed for pharmacists and women (aged 18-29 years). Participants were asked to complete the questionnaire on Chlamydia screening. This information was then collated and analysed. Results: Of the 25 pharmacists surveyed, 84% supported a pharmacy-based Chlamydia screening program. Pharmacists indicated that they would be comfortable providing the kit (92%), counselling results (88%) and providing antibiotics (80%). Of the 50 women surveyed, 76% would accept and return a sample while 53% indicated a preference for testing by doctors. Privacy and confidentiality were major concerns identified by the women. Conclusion: A well-structured Chlamydia screening program in community pharmacies would be strongly supported by pharmacists and women. The screening program should involve pharmacists supplying a kit to women who request it or as part of an emergency contraception consultation, receiving the urine sample, explaining the results and supplying antibiotics. This program is likely to be successful in pharmacies that provide anonymity, privacy and a friendly environment with approachable female staff.
|Journal||Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|