How and why do participatory women’s groups (PWGs) improve the quality of maternal and child health (MCH) care? A systematic review protocol

Preston, Robyn, Rannard, Sam, Felton-Busch, Catrina, Larkins, Sarah, Canuto, Karla, Carlisle, Karen, Evans, Rebecca, Redman-MacLaren, Michelle, Taylor, Judy, Turner, Nalita Nungarrayi, Yeomans, Lee, Sanguineti, Emma, Passey, Megan, and Farmer, Jane (2019) How and why do participatory women’s groups (PWGs) improve the quality of maternal and child health (MCH) care? A systematic review protocol. BMJ Open, 9 (9). e030461.

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Abstract

Introduction: Community-based Participatory Women’s Groups (PWGs) have proven to be an effective intervention to improve maternal and child health (MCH) outcomes in low/middle-income countries (LMICs). Less is known about how PWGs exert their effects in LMICs and virtually nothing is known about the contextual issues, processes and power relationships that affect PWG outcomes in high resource settings. The aim of this systematic review is to synthesise and critically analyse the current evidence on how and why PWGs improve the quality of MCH care. We aim to demonstrate how PWGs function and why PWG interventions contribute to social and health outcomes.

Methods and analysis: The protocol will follow Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses Protocols guidelines. The databases Medline (Ovid): Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (Ebsco); Informit health suite Scopus, Australian HealthInfoNet, the Cochrane Library and other sources will be searched under broad categories: intervention, context and outcomes to 30 June 2019.

Ethics and dissemination: As only secondary data will be analysed; ethical approval is not required. The review will be disseminated to relevant organisations and presented in peer-reviewed papers and at conferences. This will be the first attempt to summarise the current available evidence on the characteristics, contextual influences and mechanisms that are associated with the outcomes and effectiveness of PWGs.

Item ID: 60318
Item Type: Article (Scholarly Work)
ISSN: 2044-6055
Keywords: maternal health; mother & child health; child health; infant health; participatory women's groups; women's groups; action research
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Copyright Information: © Author(s) (or their employer(s)) 2019. Re-use permitted under CC BY-NC. No commercial re-use. See rights and permissions.
Funders: National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Integrated Quality Improvement in Indigenous Health (NHMRC QIIH), NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (NHMRC CDF)
Projects and Grants: NHMRC GNT1146013, NHMRC QIIH GNT1078927, NHMRC CDF GNT1159601
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2020 19:39
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111704 Community Child Health @ 25%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health @ 25%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111717 Primary Health Care @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920501 Child Health @ 35%
92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920399 Indigenous Health not elsewhere classified @ 25%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920507 Womens Health @ 40%
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