Is self-management a burden? What are the experiences of women self-managing chronic conditions during pregnancy? A systematic review

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Jakubowski, Bethany Ellen  ORCID logo
Khaira, Jaspreet 
Roberts, Nia 

jats:secjats:titleObjective</jats:title>jats:pThis systematic review examines the qualitative literature on women’s experiences of self-managing chronic conditions in pregnancy.</jats:p></jats:sec>jats:secjats:titleDesign</jats:title>jats:pSystematic review of qualitative literature. Searches were performed in PubMed and CINAHL from inception to February 2021. Critical interpretive synthesis informed the coding framework and the analysis of the data. The Burden of Treatment theory emerged during the initial analysis as having the most synergy with the included literature, themes were refined to consider key concepts from this theory.</jats:p></jats:sec>jats:secjats:titleParticipants</jats:title>jats:pPregnant women who are self-managing a chronic condition.</jats:p></jats:sec>jats:secjats:titleResults</jats:title>jats:pA total of 2695 articles were screened and 25 were reviewed in detail. All 16 included studies concerned diabetes self-management in pregnancy. Common themes coalesced around motivations for, and barriers to, self-management. Women self-managed primarily for the health of their baby. Barriers identified were anxiety, lack of understanding and a lack of support from families and healthcare professionals.</jats:p></jats:sec>jats:secjats:titleConclusions</jats:title>jats:pPregnant women have different motivating factors for self-management than the general population and further research on a range of self-management of chronic conditions in pregnancy is needed.</jats:p></jats:sec>jats:secjats:titlePROSPERO registration number</jats:title>jats:pCRD42019136681.</jats:p></jats:sec>

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National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) (via University of Oxford) (BZR01300)
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Oxford (NIHR CLAHRC Oxford) now recommissioned as NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Oxford and Thames Valley, the Primary Care Research Trust, and a NIHR Programme Grant (RP-PG-0614-20005).