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Table 2 Characteristics of included studies related to “infertility consequences”

From: A rapid scoping review of fear of infertility in Africa

Author/s
Region, Country
Methods of data collection
Participants and Recruitment
Age (years)
a) Qualitative descriptive part of a mixed methods study
1.Dhont et al. 2011 [30]
Kigali, Rwanda
Focus group discussions (n = 5) with couples (F: n = 21 / M: n = 20) with infertility problems being offered investigations at an Infertility clinic F: Mean 28.5 / Range 27–33
M: Mean 34.5 / Range 30–40
2.Donkor et al. 2017 [31]
Accra, Ghana
Interviews with women (n = 14) receiving treatment for infertility problems at a local hospital Range 27–42
3.Dyer et al. 2002 [32]
South Africa
Interviews with women (n = 30) receiving treatment for infertility problems at an infertility clinic Mean 31.5 / Range 21–41
4.Hess et al. 2018 [33]
Koutiala, Mali
Interviews with infertile women (n = 26) attending a hospital infertility clinic Mean 17–44
5.Dierickx et al. 2018 [10]
West Coast region, The Gambia
Interviews with infertile women (n = 33) from the local community >  18
6.Hollos and Larsen 2008 [34]
Moshi, Tanzania
Interviews with infertile (n = 25) and fertile women (n = 25) from the local community Range 20–44
b) Qualitative descriptive studies
7. Fledderjohann 2012 [35]
Accra, Ghana
Interviews with women (n = 107) seeking treatment in gynaecological and obstetric clinics Mean 33
Range 21–48
8. Mabasa 2005 [36]
South Africa
Interviews with infertile couples (n = 10) and infertile women (n = 9) selected through researchers’ networks and snowball sampling Mean 36.9
Range 25–48
9. Runganga et al. 2001 [37]
Harare, Zimbabwe
Focus group discussions(n = 9) and interviews with women (n = 8) and men (n = 2) attending a fertility clinic for reproductive problems Mean 30
Range 21–40
10. Tabong
and Adongo 2013a/b [38, 39]
Upper West Region, Ghana
Focus groups (n = ns) and interviews with childless couples (n = 15) selected by CH volunteers and snowball sampling and gynaecologists (n = 2); Islamic scholar (n = 1); Christian leader (n = 1); traditional medical practitioners (n = 2); manager of NHIS (n = 1); manager PIC (n = 1) F: Range 28–52
M: Range 35–63
11. Naab and Kwashie 2018 [40]
Ghana
Interviews with married men (n = 12) receiving treatment for infertility at a local hospital > 25 years
Range 29–41
c) Qualitative phenomenological studies
12. Kamau 2012 [41]
Nairobi Province, Kenya
Interviews with infertile women (n = 10) attending local churches Mean 40.4
Range 29–54
d) Anthropological studies
13. Gerrits 1997 [42]
Montepuez, Mozambique
Interviews with infertile (n = 34) and fertile women (n = 10) from the local community and traditional healers (n = 3); midwives (n = 3); physicians (n = 2); nurses (n = 3) Range 19–50
14. Feldman-Savelsberg 1994 [43]
Bangangte, Cameroonian Grassfields
Narrative with infertile women (no further details provided) not reported
e) Ethnographic studies
15. Upton and Dolan 2011 [44]
Northern Botswana
Ethnographic narratives with men (n = 20) and women (n = 31) who were married, unmarried, fertile and those identifying to have struggled with fertility problems selected from local community not reported
16. Parrott 2014 [45]
Karonga District, Malawi
Life history interviews with men who had experienced childless marriages (n = 55) selected from a wider community survey not reported
  1. Key: CH Community health; F Females; M Males. NHIS National Health Insurance Scheme; PIC Private Insurance company. Reference citation follows author name in square brackets