Emergency Contraception - User's Profile

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 18, 2013
Last Update Posted : January 18, 2013
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Kurt Hersberger, University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland

Brief Summary:
Retrospective analysis of requests of emergency hormonal contraception using pharmacy protocols registered in 2003 and 2006.

Condition or disease
Postcoital Contraception

Detailed Description:

In 2002, Levonorgestrel was introduced in Switzerland for emergency hormonal contraception (EC) without prescription ('pharmacist only'). In 2003, a first analysis of requests of EC showed that the dispensing of EC through pharmacies could successfully be implemented (Lemke et al 2004).

This study was repeated three years later with the aim to explore whether the user's profile has changed after introduction of a low threshold access to EC.

Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 729 participants
Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Retrospective
Official Title: Emergency Contraception - Observational Study of User's Profile
Study Start Date : January 2006
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2008
Actual Study Completion Date : August 2009

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MedlinePlus related topics: Birth Control

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Sexual and protective behaviour [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
    questions of interest: "Did you forget to take the pill?", "Did you have any other unprotected sexual intercourse since your last period?" and "Have you ever taken the "morning-after pill" before?"

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. elapsed hours since unprotected intercourse [ Time Frame: 1 month ]

Other Outcome Measures:
  1. pharmacy status and care activity [ Time Frame: 1 month ]
    pharmacy status (walk-in or emergency), and the three activities of the pharmacists (performance of a pregnancy test, delivery of EHC, referral to a physician).

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Older Adult
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

Pharmacies in Basle, Berne or Zurich, three major towns in the German speaking part of Switzerland, were purposively recruited if they had extended opening hours (emergency pharmacies) or if they were located downtown and open during traditional business hours (walk-in pharmacies).

The pharmacists were asked if a pharmacy student could come to their place and photocopy the completed official one-page EHC written assessment forms.


Inclusion Criteria:

  • women seaking emergency hormonal contraception

Exclusion Criteria:

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01771016

Sponsors and Collaborators
University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland
Principal Investigator: Kurt E Hersberger, Prof. Dept Pharmaceutical Sciences, University Basel

Responsible Party: Kurt Hersberger, Prof., University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland Identifier: NCT01771016     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: EKBB 114/07
First Posted: January 18, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 18, 2013
Last Verified: January 2013

Keywords provided by Kurt Hersberger, University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland:
Emergency contraception
Emergency hormonal contraception
Community pharmacies
Pharmaceutical care
Time to access
Written assessments

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Disease Attributes
Pathologic Processes