Family planning utilization in eastern and central african countries: a systematic review of risk factors

Jul 01, 2018; PROSPERO International prospective register of systematic reviews.


Review question
This review will aim at identifying factors that negatively and/or positively influence family planning and contraceptive utilization among women of reproductive age (15 – 49 years) in the Eastern and Central African region.

The search strategy will aim to find both published and unpublished studies. A three-step search strategy will be utilized in this review. An initial limited search will be undertaken on MEDLINE and Google Scholar by the index terms used to describe the article. A second search using all identified keywords and index terms will then be undertaken across major databases. Thirdly, the reference list of all identified articles will be searched for additional studies. Finally, we will also conduct a Power Search listing each country in Eastern and Central Africa as a key word to ensure that we don’t miss relevant published research that did not use eastern or central Africa as a specific keyword. Only studies published in the English language will be considered for inclusion in this review.

Only studies published since January 2005 to December 2018 will be included.
The sources/databases to be searched include PubMed, CINAHL, Embase, Web of Science and Cochrane Library. Google Scholar will be used to search for unpublished studies.

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