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Health insurance coverage and access to child and maternal health services in West Africa: a study protocol for a systematic review

Dadjo, J, Omonaiye, Olumuyiwa and Yaya, S 2021, Health insurance coverage and access to child and maternal health services in West Africa: a study protocol for a systematic review, Systematic Reviews, vol. 10, pp. 1-6, doi: 10.1186/s13643-021-01628-2.

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Title Health insurance coverage and access to child and maternal health services in West Africa: a study protocol for a systematic review
Author(s) Dadjo, J
Omonaiye, Olumuyiwa
Yaya, S
Journal name Systematic Reviews
Volume number 10
Article ID 74
Start page 1
End page 6
Total pages 6
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2021
ISSN 2046-4053
2046-4053
Keyword(s) General & Internal Medicine
Health coverage
Insurance
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Maternal and child
Medicine, General & Internal
Science & Technology
Services
West Africa
Summary Background
Though many studies have discussed the impact of health insurance on access to medical services, few have considered Western Africa. Despite decades of targeted efforts, West Africa has the most elevated maternal mortality rates (MMR) and under-five mortality rates in the world. The solution to this issue is widely believed to be the implementation of universal health coverage (UHC) as most causes of death could be effectively dealt with through primary health care providers. It is possible that UHC without additional efforts to tackle important determinants of health such as education and poverty is insufficient. The objective of this study is to examine the link between being covered by health insurance and access to health services for mothers and children in West Africa.
Methods
A systematic literature review will be conducted. We will search the online databases MEDLINE complete, Embase, CINAHL complete, and Global Health from inception onwards. The focus will be on primary research studies and grey literature that examined health insurance in relation to access to maternal and child health services. Two reviewers will independently screen all citations, full-text articles, and abstract data. The primary outcome will be maternal and child access to health insurance and access to primary and secondary services such as attending the minimum number of prenatal visits and accessing services in emergency circumstances where catastrophic expenditures may have been an obstacle. A standardized data extraction form by the Cochrane library will be used. A narrative synthesis will be conducted with a summary of findings tables to be produced.
Discussion
The systematic review will present findings on the impact of access to health insurance on access to maternal and child health care. The findings will inform discussion around the pursuit of UHC as a key health systems policy. The final manuscript will be disseminated through peer-reviewed journal and scientific conferences.
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/s13643-021-01628-2
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Field of Research 11 Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30149259

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