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Asia Pac J Public Health. 2013 Jan;25(1):7-18. doi: 10.1177/1010539512458951. Epub 2012 Sep 14.

Sexual and reproductive health of micronesians: a systematic review of the literature.

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University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA. sasmith6@mail.usf.edu

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Recent evidence of negative sexual and reproductive health (SRH) outcomes for Micronesian migrants warrants a review of what is currently known about Micronesian SRH beliefs, customs, behaviors, outcomes, and access to SRH services.

METHODS:

A systematic literature review employing the matrix method was conducted using the same key terms for 8 databases. Peer-reviewed articles published between 1990 and 2010 were abstracted for several key components, including topics, methodology, and other important elements necessary to assess major findings, strengths, and weaknesses.

RESULTS:

Thirty-two articles matched the inclusion criteria for review. Of these articles, the major research of interest was behavior relating to sexual risk behavior, pregnancy, health care seeking, and HIV/AIDS for various populations throughout Micronesia. Study populations ranged from pregnant women seeking prenatal care to students in high school.

CONCLUSION:

No cohesive body of SRH literature exists for one topic or one community within Micronesia to date.

PMID:
22984133
DOI:
10.1177/1010539512458951
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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