A qualitative study of pharmacists’ views on offering chlamydia screening to women requesting emergency hormonal contraception


Dr L Brabin, Academic Unit of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Reception, 5th floor (Research), St. Mary’s Hospital, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9WL, UK. Email loretta.brabin@manchester.ac.uk


This was a qualitative study to understand why pharmacists, asked to offer free chlamydia postal screening to Emergency Hormonal Contraception clients, had not offered screening to all eligible women. Twenty-six pharmacists completed exit interviews and 12 agreed to semi-structured in-depth interviews. Although pharmacists were keen to expand their services, they were reluctant to offer chlamydia screening to women who were married or in a long term relationship. To avoid offence they selected women based on age, education and ethnicity. The rationale for chlamydia screening in pharmacy-based EHC schemes is compromised if pharmacists do not offer screening comprehensively.