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dc.contributor.authorSweeney, Leigh-Ann
dc.contributor.authorMolloy, Gerard J.
dc.contributor.authorByrne, Molly
dc.contributor.authorMurphy, Andrew W.
dc.date.accessioned2016-04-26T13:59:12Z
dc.date.available2016-04-26T13:59:12Z
dc.date.issued2015-12-03
dc.identifier.citationSweeney L-A, Molloy GJ, Byrne M, Murphy AW, Morgan K, Hughes CM, et al. (2015) A Qualitative Study of Prescription Contraception Use: The Perspectives of Users, General Practitioners and Pharmacists. PLoS ONE 10(12): e0144074. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0144074en_IE
dc.identifier.issn1932-6203
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10379/5717
dc.description.abstractThe oral contraceptive pill (OCP) remains the most popular form of prescription contraception in many countries, despite adherence difficulties for many. Uptake of long acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), which are less reliant on user adherence, remains low. The aim of this study was to explore the experiences of, and attitudes towards, prescription contraception amongst samples of contraception users, general practitioners (GPs) and pharmacists.Methodology and FindingsWe conducted a qualitative study using semi-structured interviews with 18 contraception users, 18 GPs and 9 pharmacists. The study took place in Galway, Republic of Ireland between June and September 2014. Thematic analysis was used to analyse the data. Overall, contraception users were more familiar with the OCP, and all the women interviewed began their prescription contraception journey using this method. All participants identified episodes of poor adherence throughout the reproductive life course. The identified barriers for use of LARCs were lack of information, misconceptions, lack of access and high cost. In contrast, GPs believed that adherence to the OCP was good and stated they were more likely to prescribe the OCP than other methods, as they were most familiar with this option. Barriers to prescribing LARCSs were time, cost to practice, training and deskilling. Pharmacists also believed that adherence to the OCP was generally good and that their role was limited to dispensing medication and providing information when asked.Discussion and ConclusionThere are contrasting perspectives between contraception service providers and contraceptive users. Training for healthcare providers is required to support informed contraceptive choice and adherence. It is necessary to address the practice barriers of cost and lack of time, to promote better communication around adherence issues and prescription contraception options. There is a need for more easily-accessible public health information to promote awareness on all methods of prescription contraception.en_IE
dc.description.sponsorshipHealth Service Executive Crisis Pregnancy Programme project grant (Reference: RPG2013-5) administered by the Irish Research Councilen_IE
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dc.language.isoenen_IE
dc.publisherPublic Library of Scienceen_IE
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dc.subjectActing reversible contraceptionen_IE
dc.subjectEmergency contraceptionen_IE
dc.subjectUnintended pregnancyen_IE
dc.subjectAttitudesen_IE
dc.subjectAdherenceen_IE
dc.subjectHealthen_IE
dc.subjectWomenen_IE
dc.subjectPsychologyen_IE
dc.titleA qualitative study of prescription contraception use: the perspectives of users, general practitioners and pharmacistsen_IE
dc.typeArticleen_IE
dc.date.updated2016-04-08T09:20:52Z
dc.identifier.doi10.1371/journal.pone.0144074
dc.local.publishedsourcehttp://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0144074en_IE
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dc.local.contactGerard Molloy, School Of Psychology, Nui Galway. Email: gerry.molloy@nuigalway.ie
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