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Title: Intersections of immigration and sexual/reproductive health: An umbrella literature review with a focus on health equity
Authors: Alarcão, V.
Stefanovska-Petkovska, M.
Virgolino, A.
Santos, O.
Costa, A. S.
Keywords: Immigration
Sexual health
Reproductive health
Health equity
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: MDPI
Abstract: Identifying the opportunities and barriers of promoting and fulfilling the sexual health rights of migrants remains a challenge that requires systematic assessment. Such an assessment would include estimating the influence of acculturation processes on sexual and reproductive health, and mapping intersectional inequities that influence migrants’ sexual and reproductive health in comparison with the native population. The aim of this research was to locate, select, and critically assess/summarize scientific evidence regarding the social, cultural, and structural factors influencing migrants’ sexual and reproductive health outcomes in comparison with native population. An umbrella review of systematic reviews and/or meta-analyses, following preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta-analysis (PRISMA) standards was undertaken. Medline, Scopus, Web of Science, and the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews were searched from their start date until June 2019. The quality of the included articles was determined using the assessment of multiple systematic reviews tool (AMSTAR 2). From the 36 selected studies, only 12 compared migrant with native populations. Overall, the findings indicated that migrants tend to underuse maternal health services and have an increased risk of poor sexual and reproductive health outcomes. Specific intersectional inequities were identified and discussed.
Peer reviewed: yes
DOI: 10.3390/socsci10020063
ISSN: 2076-0760
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