Title

A metasummary of published qualitative research on pregnancy and resettlement among refugee women

Location

2077

Format Type

Paper

Format Type

Paper

Start Date

14-1-2017 10:30 AM

End Date

14-1-2017 11:50 AM

Abstract

Many authors have qualitatively explored the experiences of refugee women through pregnancy and childbirth, yet practitioners still strive to improve pre and postnatal health in this population. The purpose of this study was to use a qualitative metasummary process to identify commonalities and differences in these women’s experiences, and develop recommendations for practice. We used a systematic search to identify 23 relevant published research reports and independently rated the quality of each research report using a modified version of the Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP). We classified 11 of 23 articles as at least good quality. The sample included participants from Europe, Asia, and parts of Africa, although the greatest proportion of research reports described Somalian participants. Primary resettlement countries included the US, Canada, and Australia. We used Dedoose software to extract themes and assess prevalence across contexts, and then determined credibility of findings based on the quality rating. Prevalent and credible themes included the Obstacles participants traversed in order to access appropriate and culturally sensitive healthcare, the ongoing process of Seeking Congruence between medical care and cultural traditions, and how women’s access to pre and postnatal healthcare was simultaneously Encouraging Resettlement. Healthcare practitioners might emphasize approaches to pre and postnatal care that encourage social connectedness, such as use of midwives or interpreters with expanded roles. Additionally, given the research focus we identified toward Somalian participants, we suggest that understanding of refugees’ experiences would be improved if researchers explored additional countries of origin and resettlement.

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A metasummary of published qualitative research on pregnancy and resettlement among refugee women

2077

Many authors have qualitatively explored the experiences of refugee women through pregnancy and childbirth, yet practitioners still strive to improve pre and postnatal health in this population. The purpose of this study was to use a qualitative metasummary process to identify commonalities and differences in these women’s experiences, and develop recommendations for practice. We used a systematic search to identify 23 relevant published research reports and independently rated the quality of each research report using a modified version of the Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP). We classified 11 of 23 articles as at least good quality. The sample included participants from Europe, Asia, and parts of Africa, although the greatest proportion of research reports described Somalian participants. Primary resettlement countries included the US, Canada, and Australia. We used Dedoose software to extract themes and assess prevalence across contexts, and then determined credibility of findings based on the quality rating. Prevalent and credible themes included the Obstacles participants traversed in order to access appropriate and culturally sensitive healthcare, the ongoing process of Seeking Congruence between medical care and cultural traditions, and how women’s access to pre and postnatal healthcare was simultaneously Encouraging Resettlement. Healthcare practitioners might emphasize approaches to pre and postnatal care that encourage social connectedness, such as use of midwives or interpreters with expanded roles. Additionally, given the research focus we identified toward Somalian participants, we suggest that understanding of refugees’ experiences would be improved if researchers explored additional countries of origin and resettlement.