Optimizing Hormonal Contraception: The Pharmacist’s Guide to Patient-Centred Care

A special issue of Pharmacy (ISSN 2226-4787). This special issue belongs to the section "Pharmacy Practice and Practice-Based Research".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2024 | Viewed by 142

Special Issue Editors

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1. Pharmacy Department, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne 3052, Australia
2. Sir Peter MacCallum Department of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne, Melbourne 3010, Australia
3. Department of General Practice, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Melbourne 3004, Australia
Interests: women’s health; sexual and reproductive health; sexuality; cancer; palliative care; contraception; health service access; education innovation

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Department of General Practice, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Melbourne 2004, Australia
Interests: sexual and reproductive health; abortion and reproductive health rights; abortion; contraception; adolescents; health service access

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Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education, Eshelman School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA
Interests: geriatrics health; women’s health; ambulatory care; hormonal contraception

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The availability and accessibility of contraception is essential in empowering individuals to choose whether and when to become pregnant whilst preventing unintended pregnancy. Supporting individuals’ reproductive autonomy is an important public health and reproductive justice issue as unintended pregnancy can influence their social, economic and mental well-being. Legislative, policy and practice changes have enabled in some countries for pharmacists’ to extend their scope of practice, authorizing the dispensing and prescribing of hormonal contraceptive methods. The increasing accessibility of hormonal contraceptive methods in pharmacy addresses access barriers whist supporting patients to choose when and through what healthcare setting they wish to access contraception. With this increased availability of hormonal contraception in pharmacy, patient-centred care is crucial as it supports the meaningful engagement of patients in shared-decision making through an exchange of knowledge, preferences and information.

This Special Issue focuses on pharmacists optimizing hormonal contraception use and access from a patient-centred care perspective. We invite submissions on various aspects of the topic, addressing but not limited to the practice of patient-centred care:

  • Why do pharmacists need to and how can they can go about providing patient-centred care as they expand their scope of practice through the dispensing and prescribing of hormonal contraception?
  • What does patient-centred care mean from the patient perspective as they access hormonal contraceptives?
  • What role do pharmacists play and how can pharmacists take steps to provide patient-centred care?
  • What service delivery initiatives have been implemented to build the evidence for the role of pharmacists in this area?
  • What has been the impact of expanding pharmacists’ scope of practice, i.e., has it increased access and choice around hormonal contraceptives for patients and patient and pharmacist satisfaction with service delivery?

Original research articles, review articles, methods papers, case studies, short reports and commentaries will be considered for publication. 

Dr. Safeera Hussainy
Dr. Anisa Assifi
Dr. Mollie Ashe Scott
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  • hormonal contraception
  • patient-centred care
  • service delivery
  • pharmacist scope of practice

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