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Table 1 Review search strategy

From: Limits to modern contraceptive use among young women in developing countries: a systematic review of qualitative research

ASSIA, ChildData, CINAHL, Cochrane Library (Central Register of Controlled Trials, Database of Systematic Reviews, Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects), COPAC (including British Library Catalogue), CSA websites, Digital Dissertations, EMBASE, ERIC, HDA, Health Technology Assessment Database, HEBS, HMIC, King's Fund Database, HELMIS, Index to Theses, MEDLINE, NHS EEDS database (via CRD), OCLC PapersFirst, POPLINE®, PychINFO, Sociological Abstracts, Web of Science – Social Science Citation Index/Science Citation Index, Websites (,,, Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, Child Trends, fpa, International Women's Health Coalition, Planned Parenthood, Population Council, the Guttmacher Institute, United Nations Population Fund, and the World Health Organisation).
Hand searches
Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care (formerly British Journal of Family Planning), Contraception, Reproductive Health Matters, Journal of Adolescence, Journal of Adolescent Health, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health (formerly Family Planning Perspectives), and International Family Planning Perspectives.
Search terms
Contraceptive terms
Contraceptive/contraception, birth control, family planning/planned parenthood, pregnancy/pregnant, abortion, reproductive/reproduction, safe sex/unsafe sex/safer sex, protected intercourse/unprotected intercourse/unprotected sex/protected sex, sexual abstinence/abstain (include limit – sex), Depoprovera/Depo-Provera/Noristerat, Implanon/Norplant, intrauterine device (IUD)/intrauterine system (IUS)/coil, combined pill (oestrogen and progestogen)/progestogen only pill, diaphragm/cervical cap/spermicide – foam, jelly, cream, condom/Femidom/prophylactic/chemoprophylaxis/barrier method, morning-after-pill/Levonorgestrel/Yuzpe regimen, persona/fertility awareness/rhythm method, withdrawal/pulling out, douching
Adolescent terms
Adolescent/adolescence, teen/teenage/teenager, young woman/young women, young people/young adults, young people/young adults, young female, girl/girls
Choice terms (used as limits where necessary)
Choice/choose, uptake, use/nonuse/usage, (dis)continue/(dis)continued/(dis)continuing/(dis)continuation, acceptability/acceptance, utilise/utilize, attitude, knowledge, behaviour/behaviour, practice, switching, decision making, satisfaction