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The Relationship Between the Social Determinants of Health and Preterm Birth in Iran Based on the WHO Model: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Nasibeh Sharifi1, Mahrokh Dolatian2, Azita Fath Nezhad Kazemi3, Reza Pakzad4
1School of Nursing and Midwifery, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2Department of Midwifery and Reproductive Health, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3Department of Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Islamic Azad University, Tabriz Branch, Tabriz, Iran. 4Noor Research Center for Ophthalmic Epidemiology, Noor Eye Hospital, Tehran, Iran

IJWHR 2018; 6: 113-122
DOI: 10.15296/ijwhr.2018.19
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Keywords : Preterm birth, Social determinants of health, Iran, Systematic review
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Objectives: Despite medical advances in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, preterm birth is still a global problem. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between the social determinants of health and preterm birth in Iran based on the WHO model.

Materials and Methods: This systematic review and meta-analysis was performed based on the studies conducted in Iran. An advanced search was carried out in seven databases (Iranmedex, Magiran, SID, Irandoc, PubMed, Google Scholar, and Scopus) for relevant articles published during 2000-2016 using the keywords ?social determinants of health?, ?preterm birth?, and their Persian equivalents and MeSH terms. All the articles were screened by 2 of the researchers in 3 steps. After looking for relevant articles based on the reference list, quality assessment was performed using a STROBE checklist. After extracting the required data, they were combined using a random model and the heterogeneity of the studies was evaluated using the I2 index and the data were analyzed in STATA-11.

Results: A total of 16 studies were included in the analysis of the relationship between the intermediate determinants of health and preterm birth; however, only 6 truly investigated the relationship between structural determinants and preterm birth. The overall odds ratios for the relationship of the structural and intermediate social determinants of health with preterm birth were estimated as 1.43 (0.84%-2.41%: 95% CI) and 2.17 (1.75%-2.68%: 95% CI). The results showed that preterm birth was more common in women with anxiety, depression, unwanted pregnancies, poor health behaviors (smoking, the use of alcohol and drugs), inadequate prenatal care, and those who were abused and exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke (P<0.05).

Conclusions: The results of the reviewed studies suggest that preterm birth is a common problem associated with several social determinants of health. Life skills, self-care training, and increased prenatal care are therefore recommended to reduce preterm birth, especially in high-risk pregnant women.

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