|Iranian Female Adolescents’Reproductive Health Needs: A Systematic Review|
|Safeye Panjalipour, Zahra Bostani Khalesi, Seyedeh Noshaz Mirhaghjoo|
|1. Social Determinants of Health Research Center (SDHRC), School of Nursing and Midwifery, Guilan University of Medical Sciences, Rasht, Iran|
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Keywords : Adolescence, Reproductive Health, Needs Assessments, Iran
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Objectives: The aim of the present study to review female adolescents’ reproductive health needs (RHN).
Materials and Methods: We performed this systematic review using the Scopus, PubMed, Google Scholar and Science Direct databases for English articles, as well as Magiran, literature by Iranian authors were considered, using the keywords “Female Adolescent”, “Reproductive Health”, “Reproductive Health Needs” and “Iran”.
Results: Out of the one hundred and forty eight references identified. Two reviewers assessed the quality of the included studies. Twenty-five quantitative and qualitative studies had the inclusion criteria. All of the Iranian studies that investigated the RHN of female adolescents were entered into this study. In sixteen studies an assessment was conducted using a questionnaire, nine studies used semi-structured interviews. The results can be divided into three general groups of needs, including: special educational needs, Comprehensive Counseling and adolescent-friendly services.
Conclusion: Our findings indicate that most adolescent had an unmet need for reproductive health services and services are not friendly. Therefore, it is suggested that future efforts should be directed toward need-based interventions to improve adolescent reproductive health.
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