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dc.contributor.authorHope, D.
dc.contributor.authorHattingh, Laetitia
dc.contributor.authorKing, M.
dc.identifier.citationHope, D. and Hattingh, L. and King, M. 2016. Australian pharmacy students’ knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours regarding emergency contraception. Pharmacy Education. 16 (1): pp. 11-17.

Background: Pharmacists are critical in providing timely access to emergency contraception (EC) and their knowledge and counselling on EC is paramount. Aims: To describe pharmacy students’ knowledge of, attitudes toward, and behaviours related to EC in the Australian context. Methods: A questionnaire was distributed to five year levels of pharmacy students at an Australian university in 2011. Participants were asked multiple response and true/false questions on EC knowledge and behaviours. A 5-point Likert scale was used to determine attitudes about EC. Results: Of 356 students present at survey distribution, 347 (97.5%) responded. Progression through the pharmacy programme correlated with increasing knowledge regarding EC for most questions (p<0.01). As students advanced in the programme their self-perception of competence to counsel EC increased (p<0.001) and they were more likely to agree that EC should be available without prescription, but with requisite pharmacist counselling (p<0.001). Conclusion: Focused teaching impacts on students’ knowledge of EC and intentions to comply with professional responsibilities in supplying and counselling EC.

dc.titleAustralian pharmacy students’ knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours regarding emergency contraception
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.issn1477 2701
dcterms.source.titlePharmacy Education
curtin.departmentSchool of Pharmacy
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