Community based reproductive health interventions for young married couples in resource-constrained settings: a systematic review

Publication Details

Sarkar, A., Chandra-Mouli, V, Jain, K., Behera, J., Mishra, S K, and Mehra, S. (2015) Community based reproductive health interventions for young married couples in resource-constrained settings: a systematic review. BMC Public Health, 15, pp. 1037

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Author
Archana Sarkar, Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli, Kushal Jain, Jagannath Behera, Surendra Kumar Mishra, Sunil Mehra
Region
East Asia and Pacific (includes South East Asia), Sub-Saharan Africa
Sector
Health Nutrition and Population
Sub-sector
Preventive Health and Health Behavior, Primary Health- including reproductive health
Equity Focus
None
Review Type
Effectiveness review

Quality assessment

The review has clear inclusion/exclusion criteria and the search is reasonably comprehensive. A key strength of the review is the clear presentation of included study characteristics, including details of intervention design. However, there are some major limitations. Only English language publications were included and it is unclear what time period was covered by the search. The authors present some data on results from included studies, but these are not used to calculate standardised effect sizes. It is not clear why the authors decide not to do so and instead largely rely on a vote counting based on the direction and statistical significance of effects to summarise findings. While the authors present results of the critical appraisal, they do do not consider quality of evidence when presenting findings. Finally, while the authors suggest meta-analysis would have been inappropriate, in the end they do provide an overall statement about effects across studies, which seems contradictory with the decision to not do meta-analysis.

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