Transforming Gender Norms, Roles, and Power Dynamics for Better Health: Evidence from a Systematic Review of Gender-integrated Health Programs in Low- and Middle- Income Countries
Muralidharan, A.,Fehringer J., Pappa S., Rottach E. , Das M., and Mandal M. (2015) Transforming Gender Norms, Roles, and Power Dynamics for Better Health: Evidence from a Systematic Review of Gender-integrated Health Program s in Low- and Middle-Income Countries, Washington DC: Futures Group, Health Policy Project.
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Arundati Muralidharan, Jessica Fehringer, Sara Pappa, Elisabeth Rottach, Madhumita Das, Mahua Mandal
South Asia, Europe and CIS, Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean
Social Protection, Health Nutrition and Population
Nutrition, Sexual Behavior, Social Assistance
The review has relatively clear inclusion criteria and the databases searched are reasonably comprehensive. However, the review has some major limitations. It is not clear if there were any a-priori inclusion for studydesigns and there was no independent screening of full text papers by two reviewers. Moreover, there is no table or summary of the characteristics and results of included studies. While the review includes an appraisal of therigor of the evaluation designs, this is not based on a recognised appraisal tool to assess risk of bias, nor does itaddress the major sources of bias in estimating intervention effects. Finally, the primary question the review is addressing about intervention effects on outcomes. However, a range of very different study designs are combined and synthesised thematically using a vote counting approach.