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Higginbottom, GMA
Morgan, M.
Dassanayake, J.
Chiu, Y.
Eyford, H.
Alexandre, M.
Kocay, D.
Forgeron, J.
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immigrant women
maternity services
narrative synthesis
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Difficulties can exist for immigrant women when accessing and navigating health and maternity care services. Our research question is what are the experiences of immigrant women in Canada accessing maternity care services? Focus will be placed on, a) accessibility and acceptability as experienced by immigrant women, and b) birth and postnatal outcomes. We are conducting a systematic review using a narrative synthesis approach which synthesizes qualitative, quantitative and mixed-method research. Integrated knowledge translation is central to this project, thus we are partnering with key stakeholders to ensure topic relevancy and to tailor recommendations for effective translation into future policy and practice/programming. Two search phases (including electronic database and grey literature searching) and a three-staged selection process have been conducted. Articles will be assessed for quality by two reviewers. The narrative synthesis will be informed by Popay et al’s (2006) approach which relies primarily on words/text to summarize and explain findings, and incorporates four elements: a) developing a theory of why and for whom, b) developing a preliminary synthesis (textual description, tabulation, grouping/clustering), c) exploring relationships in the data (thematic analysis, ideas webbing, concept mapping), and d) assessing the robustness of the synthesis (weight of evidence, critical reflection). We will be utilizing Atlas.ti software for managing the articles and synthesizing the findings. Article selection is complete and preliminary findings will be shared. Carefully interpreted findings will allow for knowledge users within multiple sectors to strategically enhance maternity care services and professional development, to ensure provision of culturally congruent maternity care.
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