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Scoping review of the psychosocial aspects of infertility in developing countries: protocol

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posted on 01.06.2021, 05:51 by Mariam Salie, Rizwana Roomaney, Michelle Andipatin, Cal Volks
IntroductionInfertility is a widespread social phenomenon. For both women and men, there are several psychosocial issues associated with infertility. Numerous systematic reviews have focused on individuals’ psychosocial issues pertaining to infertility, however, these have been conducted in developed countries. Thus, there is a gap in the current literature to analyse individuals’ psychosocial issues associated with infertility in developing countries. Given that there are various contextual factors to consider for appropriate interventions to be implemented, it is vital to explore this topic in a developing context.Methods and analysisA scoping review will be conducted. A total of 12 databases were identified and a search string including terms related to infertility, psychosocial aspects and developing countries was developed. The inclusion and exclusion of each article will be determined through the guidelines provided by the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses flow chart. Quantitative and qualitative data will be collated. The findings will summarise existing research on psychosocial aspects of infertility in developing countries and identify gaps in the research corpus.Ethics and disseminationData will not be collected from participants. Instead, data will be extracted from published studies and therefore no ethical approval is required. The findings will be published in a peer-reviewed journal.

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Publication Date

01/05/2021

Journal

BMJ Open

Volume

11

Issue

5

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(p. e044003-e044003)

Publisher

BMJ

ISSN

2044-6055

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