Survey of Pharmacists' Awareness of and Attitudes towards Emergency Contraception Print

Before you begin the interview with a pharmacist, introduce yourself. Explain the purpose of the interview and ask the pharmacist if this is a good time for a 10-minute interview or if she/he will give you an appointment at another mutually convenient time. Discuss how results will be used. At the conclusion, don't forget to thank the pharmacist for his/her time.

A. Awareness

  1. Approximately how many youth between the ages of 13 and 21 years come into your pharmacy for prescription items per week? __________
  2. How often do youth under age 21 ask you questions about their health (i.e. skin problems, birth control, general aches and pains)?

    Daily __________
    Several times a week __________
    Several times a month __________
    Several times a year __________
    Never __________
  3. Do you have a physical space in your pharmacy that can be used to counsel customers in private?

    Yes __________
    No __________
  4. In the past year, have any youth under age 21 asked your advice about preventing pregnancy?

    Yes __________
    No __________
  5. In the past year, approximately how often did youth bring in prescriptions or ask for emergency contraceptive pills (ECP)?

    Never __________
    Several times a year __________
    Several times a month __________
    Several times a week __________
    Don't know __________
  6. Would your pharmacy be willing to disseminate inserts or pamphlets about ECP to customers who purchase condoms, pregnancy test kits, etc.?

    Yes __________
    No __________
  7. Would your pharmacy be willing to display posters, pamphlets, etc. about ECP?

    Yes __________
    No __________
  8. Does your pharmacy currently stock Plan B® or ECPs?

    Yes __________
    No __________

B. Attitudes

  1. To what extent do you agree with the following statements?
  2.  

    Completely
    Disagree 

    Somewhat
    Disagree 

    Somewhat
    Agree

    Completely
    Agree

    Not
    Sure

    a. Emergency contraceptive pills are safe for adolescents.

    1

    2

    3

    4

    5

    b. Adolescents would not use other contraceptive methods effectively if ECPs were easily available.

    1

    2

    3

    4

    5

    c. Repeated use of ECP can pose health risks.

    1

    2

    3

    4

    5

    d. ECP should be available over the counter, without prescription for teens under 18.

    1

    2

    3

    4

    5

    e. ECP can cause birth defects if taken by pregnant women.

    1

    2

    3

    4

    5

  3. How comfortable are you talking to adolescents about emergency contraceptive pills?

    Very uncomfortable __________
    Somewhat uncomfortable __________
    Somewhat comfortable __________
    Very comfortable __________

Adapted with permission by Vincent McBride and Brenda Rhodes Miller, DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and Laura Davis, Advocates for Youth from a survey of Pharmacists' Awareness and Attitudes towards Emergency Contraception developed by the Academy for Educational Development in New York City.

 
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