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Health Care Providers’ Experiences of Breastfeeding Support: A Protocol for a Systematic Review of Qualitative Evidence

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BMJ open. 2022 Apr 8;12(4):e056001. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-056001.


INTRODUCTION: Breastfeeding provides various health benefits for mothers and infants. Despite the efforts that have been made, breastfeeding rates remain below global recommendations. Health care providers often fail to provide the support women need for various reasons such as lack of time and skills, discontinuity of care, etc. Synthesis of major qualitative studies exploring healthcare providers’ experience of breastfeeding support can provide better insights into their perceived barriers and facilitators and provide additional evidence for implementing interventions to improve breastfeeding services.

METHODS AND ANALYSIS: Qualitative studies exploring health care providers’ experiences with breastfeeding services will be sought from the following databases: PubMed, Embase, CINAHL, Scopus, ProQuest, PsycINFO, The Cochrane Library, Web of Science , China Biology Medicine disc, China National Knowledge Infrastructure, VIP database for Chinese technical periodicals, Chinese Wanfang data, ProQuest dissertations and theses, Open Gray collection. Studies reported in English or Chinese and conducted between January 1990 and July 2021 will be included. The Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) Critical Appraisal Checklist for Qualitative Research will be used to assess the methodological quality of included studies. JBI standardized data extraction tools will be used to extract the data. The JBI meta-aggregation method will be used to synthesize the data. The synthesized results will finally be scored according to the ConQual approach to establishing confidence. Two authors will independently review and select search results, extract data, assess methodological quality, and pool results. Any disagreement arising between the two reviewers will be resolved by a third reviewer to reach a consensus.

ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION: This review will use published data, so it will not require ethics approval. The results of this systematic review will be disseminated via publication in an international peer-reviewed journal and several presentations at scientific conferences.


PMID:35396293 | DO I:10.1136/bmjopen-2021-056001