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Community Pharmacists’ Perceptions, Barriers, and Willingness for Offering Sexual and Reproductive Health Services

Department of Clinical Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Taif University, Taif 26571, Saudi Arabia
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(20), 10735; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182010735
Received: 15 July 2021 / Revised: 25 September 2021 / Accepted: 4 October 2021 / Published: 13 October 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Medication Safety and Pharmacy Practice)
The role of community pharmacists is crucial for promoting health and providing consultation related to sexual and reproductive health. This study measured the perception of community pharmacists in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) towards the provision of counselling services on sex education and reproductive health, including barriers to and proficiency in the delivery of services. A cross-sectional survey was developed and distributed electronically to pharmacists, and responses were analyzed using SPSS version 26. Graphical representations for various opinions on perception, proficiency and barriers were created. More than 80% of pharmacists placed a high value on counselling patients on sex and reproductive health, about 90% counselled their patients very often (74.6%) or often (22.2%), and 3.2% of pharmacists did not counsel patients. Most respondents believed counselling was very important (65.3%) or important (15.1%), with only 19.6% of respondents indicating it was not important. Barriers to offering services included fear from responsibility and liability (M = 4.8), lack of information about patient health (M = 4.7), gender differences (M = 4.7), and lack of social acceptability (M = 4.6). Community pharmacists in KSA possessed positive attitudes, professional education, and willingness to provide counselling to patients on sex education and reproductive health. Apart from the existing barriers that require augmented community pharmacists’ soft skills, clear policies and authorization for offering this type of service are also needed. View Full-Text
Keywords: counselling; community services; sexual health; reproductive health; pharmacists; perception counselling; community services; sexual health; reproductive health; pharmacists; perception
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Alshahrani, A.M.; Alsheikh, M.Y. Community Pharmacists’ Perceptions, Barriers, and Willingness for Offering Sexual and Reproductive Health Services. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 10735. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182010735

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Alshahrani AM, Alsheikh MY. Community Pharmacists’ Perceptions, Barriers, and Willingness for Offering Sexual and Reproductive Health Services. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(20):10735. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182010735

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Alshahrani, Ali M., and Mona Y. Alsheikh 2021. "Community Pharmacists’ Perceptions, Barriers, and Willingness for Offering Sexual and Reproductive Health Services" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 20: 10735. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182010735

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