Paper Information

Journal:   IRANIAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH   OCTOBER 2014 , Volume 43 , Number 10; Page(s) 1335 To 1344.
 
Paper:  WOMEN’S HEALTH CONCEPT: A META-SYNTHESIS STUDY
 
Author(s):  SEYED FATEMI NAIMEH, SALSALI MAHVASH, REZAEE NASRIN*, RAHNAVARD ZAHRA
 
* DEPT. OF NURSING, SCHOOL OF NURSING & MIDWIFERY, TEHRAN UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, TEHRAN, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

Background: It is necessary to identify unidentified or less- concentrated issues in women’s health dimension through an extended study. This study is done to identify different dimensions of women’s health among qualitative research.
Method: The present meta-synthesis study is done through a systematic review. The main criteria were to use qualitative studies issued in the same language and researches in which their participants were women. All the published and indexed articles related to women’s health in Iran at SID, Magiran and Iran medex databases from 2001 to 2013 were scrutinized. Search in these databases was done using key words “health” and “women”. Finally, 29 qualitative articles were chosen. Data analysis was performed using qualitative content analysis.
Results: Generally, concepts extracted from women’s health dimension are classified in three main categories including personal, familial and social dimensions. Each category includes some subcategories, too. Personal factors consist of physical, psychological -emotional and spiritual; familial factors consist of fertility, husband’s support and women’s fundamental roles, and social factors consist of cultural, socioeconomically support, and women’s management issues.
Conclusion: In this meta-synthesis study, there was an effort to present a new interpretation of the previous studies.
This study helped attain a more comprehensive and deeper knowledge about women’s health concept and reveal its different aspects, which are not assessed in the country.

 
Keyword(s): HEALTH, WOMEN, META-SYNTHESIS, QUALITATIVE STUDY
 
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