A scoping review protocol: Mapping the range of policy‐related evidence influencing maternal health outcomes in a fragile, low‐income country

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Abstract

Aim:
The aim of this scoping review is to map the range of policy‐related evidence influencing maternal health outcomes and determine the cultural and contextual factors influencing maternal health in Myanmar, a low‐income, fragile setting.
Design:
Eligible studies identified will include maternal health‐related policies, policy documents and research. All types of health‐related policies aimed at targeting population health and well‐being influencing maternal mortality and morbidity will be considered.
Methods:
This scoping review has been developed using the Joanna Briggs Institute recommendations. The database search will include MEDLINE, CINAHL, Web of Science, Cochrane Library and the grey literature. Documents published in English and Burmese in the past 10 years will be included. Numerical data will be extracted and summarized in diagrammatic form, and a descriptive format will be used to present narrative accounts. Funding approval was granted by the Economic and Social Research Council in January 2020. This protocol was registered with OSF registries (Open‐ended Registration) on 30 March 2021.
Discussion: Little is known about which strategies work best as there is less evidence related to health policy and contextual factors in which maternal health care is delivered in fragile, low‐income settings. Understanding the context of maternal health is key to the planning and implementation of effective maternal health services designed to address women's needs.
Impact:
This review will map the range of policy‐related evidence influencing maternal health outcomes in Myanmar and will underpin future large‐scale research in other low‐income and fragile settings. The results of this scoping review will provide recommendations for developing and improving practice and education for nurses and midwives working in resource‐restricted contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4246-4253
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Advanced Nursing
Volume77
Issue number10
Early online date20 Jul 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) UK, as a UKRI Collective Fund award. The research was approved by University of Ulster's School of Nursing Ethics Filter Committee. The Birth Across the Borders team at University of Ulster would like to acknowledge their collaborator Chiang Mai University and their contribution to this research programme.

Funding Information:
This research project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) UK, as a UKRI Collective Fund award. The research was approved by University of Ulster's School of Nursing Ethics Filter Committee.

Funding Information:
Ethics approval was given by the University Research Ethical Committee, and funding of this study was by the Economic and Social Research Fund and United Kingdom Research and Innovation. Funding approval for this project was granted in January 2020.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 The Authors. Journal of Advanced Nursing published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Keywords

  • PROTOCOL
  • community
  • cultural context
  • health service provision
  • health‐related policy
  • maternal health
  • midwifery
  • nursing‐led education
  • social enterprise
  • nursing-led education
  • health-related policy
  • Poverty
  • Humans
  • Maternal Health Services
  • Midwifery
  • Pregnancy
  • Review Literature as Topic
  • Female
  • Health Policy
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care

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