Kansas pharmacist's knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs regarding over-the-counter emergency contraception

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Fetherston, Aubrey J.
Haffa, Amanda F.
Swisher, Kelsey L.
Hale, LaDonna S.

Aubrey J. Fetherston, Amanda F. Haffa, Kelsey L. Swisher. (2012). Kansas Pharmacist's Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs Regarding Over-the-Counter Emergency Contraception. -- In Proceedings: 8th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p.75


In 2006, the FDA approved OTC sale of emergency contraception (EC). A 2008 survey assessed characteristics, knowledge, and attitudes/beliefs of Kansas pharmacists regarding EC. Purpose: Reanalyze the 2008 data to identify the influence of various factors on pharmacists’ willingness to sell. Methods: Uni variate odds ratios and multivariate logistic regression analysis were performed. Results: Factors associated with willingness to sell EC included high EC knowledge [OR 3.4 (2.1-5.6)], lack of moral objection [OR 58.6 (31.3-103.9)], non-conservative political views [OR 6.6 (4.3-10.1)], and working in a larger community [OR 1.6 (1.1-2.4)]. Conclusion: In theory, identifying factors associated with willingness to sell EC may benefit those wishing to improve access/availability; however, many of the factors identified represent personal values/beliefs which may not be easily modifiable.

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Paper presented to the 8th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Marcus Welcome Center, Wichita State University, April 18, 2012.
Research completed at the Department of Physician Assistant, College of Health Professions