Initiating Contraception After Emergency Contraception From Pharmacy
Pharmacists do not provide immediate contraception to women after emergency contraception (EC); they can only give advice on local contraceptive services.
The investigators wish to establish the following 2 pharmacy- based interventions in NHS Lothian, designed to increase uptake of effective contraception as soon as possible, after EC
- Pharmacists would provide one packet of progestogen-only pills, giving women one month to arrange an appointment with contraceptive services.
- Rapid access to a family planning clinic upon presentation of the empty EC packet. Women would be seen as a 'walk-in' and contraception provided.
If feasible, these interventions could reduce unintended pregnancies.
Participating pharmacies will be randomised to provide one of the interventions, or standard care (verbal/written advice on local contraceptive services).
Women requesting EC from study pharmacies will be recruited by the research nurse/doctor to participate in the study that will involve them consenting to contact by telephone 6-8 weeks after EC by the researcher, to evaluate the interventions in terms of :
(i) determine women's experiences/ views of the interventions and control. (ii) determine if women have commenced effective contraception and if not , reasons why.
A subset of 12 women will also be invited for in-depth interview to collect more detailed qualitative data on their EC experience.
The investigators also wish to (iii) explore pharmacists views on the interventions
Data from this pilot will enable the investigators to determine whether a larger multisite study is feasible. The aims of a larger study being to determine if either of the two interventions being tested result in an increased proportion of women using effective ongoing contraception compared to the control.
|Contraceptive Use After Emergency Contraception||Other: rapid access Other: one month progestogen only pill|
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
|Official Title:||Pharmacy Based Interventions for Initiating Effective Contraception Following the Use of Emergency Contraception : a Feasibility Study|
- Self-reported Uptake of Effective Ongoing Contraception (Not Condoms) [ Time Frame: 6-8 weeks after EC ]Outcome measure identified when participants conducted for agreed telephone interview 6-8 weeks following recruitment to study. Participants asked via telephone what method of contraception, if any, there were currently using.
- Pharmacy Recruitment Rates [ Time Frame: 8 months ]Proportion of participants that pharmacists were successful in recruiting during the specified 8 month recruitment time period. Initial target set to recruit 60 participants to each arm/group.
- Completeness (Quality) of Data Recorded by Pharmacists (Numbers of Women Attending for EC,Demographics of All Attendees- Age, Ethnicity Etc) [ Time Frame: 8 months ]
- Proportion of Women Who Agree to Participate Who Can be Successfully Contacted [ Time Frame: 8 months ]
- Qualitative Outcomes : Women's Views on Different Measures to Determine Validity of Self-reported Data on Contraceptive Use , Determined by in Depth Interviews. [ Time Frame: 8 months ]
- Qualitative Outcomes : Pharmacist's Views on Interventions and Any Study Difficulties [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
|Study Start Date:||April 2012|
|Study Completion Date:||December 2012|
|Primary Completion Date:||December 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
No Intervention: control (standard care)
standard verbal and written advice on contraception from pharmacy
Experimental: rapid access
rapid access to family planning service
Other: rapid access
Provision of box which the participant can take to local family planning clinic (contraceptive service) allowing rapid access (i.e. will be seen by a health professional for a consultation regarding contraception there and then).
Experimental: progestogen only pill
one month progestogen only pill
Other: one month progestogen only pill
Provision of 1 month supply of a progestogen only pill (levonorgestrel 35mcg - Norgeston, Bayer, UK)
Other Name: Norgeston (Bayer, UK)
The investigators propose to test 2 pharmacy based interventions to increase uptake of effective contraception after EC:
- Pharmacists would provide one packet of progestogen-only pills to women, so that they would have 28 days to arrange an appointment with contraceptive services to get a supply of ongoing contraception.
- Rapid access to a family planning clinic upon presentation of their empty(used) packet of EC. Women would be seen as a 'walk-in' (without appointment) and ongoing contraception discussed and provided.
These interventions would be compared with the status quo, i.e. pharmacists give verbal advice and written information on local contraceptive services where ongoing contraception can be accessed.
The interventions that we are testing are low cost i.e one packet of progestogen-only pills (£3 for most costly brand) plus additional consultation time with the pharmacist (estimated 20 mins@ £1 per minute), versus the staff consultation time in a family planning clinic. In the family planning clinic, women would be seen as a 'walk-in' and so this may not add costs, since staff are already present.These interventions could, if shown to be effective, offer huge costs savings to the NHS, by reducing the costs of unintended pregnancies (abortion, miscarriage, birth).
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01738971
|Chalmers sexual and reproductive health service|
|Edinburgh, Lothian, United Kingdom, EH39ES|
|Principal Investigator:||Sharon T Cameron, MBChB||University of Edinburgh|