Family Planning Research in African Immigrant and Refugee Women: A Scoping Review

J Transcult Nurs. 2022 May;33(3):416-426. doi: 10.1177/10436596211072891. Epub 2022 Feb 9.


Introduction: African immigrants are a vulnerable population who are seldom seen in the literature, however, the scant research available reports that they experience increased challenges when making family planning decisions. A robust understanding of their specific family planning practices is imperative to providing appropriate, culturally congruent care. Considering this disparity, a scoping review was conducted to synthesize empirical knowledge and identify gaps in the literature around family planning in African immigrant populations in the United States.

Methods: Guided by the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) framework, EMBASE, Global Health Database, PsycINFO, CINAHL, and PubMed were searched for literature regarding family planning topics such as decision-making and health care access among African immigrant women in the United States in June 2020.

Results: The small number of retrieved studies for the literature review clearly highlights a dearth of research. Available evidence indicates stark disparities in health care access, unmet individual needs, and unacknowledged preferences.

Discussion: Ignoring cultural considerations for the growing African immigrant population perpetuates the divide in family planning practices.

Keywords: African immigrant; African refugee women; contraceptive use; family planning; reproductive health.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Black People
  • Emigrants and Immigrants*
  • Family
  • Family Planning Services
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Refugees*
  • United States