Effectiveness and meaningfulness of breast cancer survivorship and peer support for improving the quality of life of immigrant women: A mixed methods systematic review protocol

Melba Sheila D'Souza*, Joyce O'Mahony, Subrahmanya Nairy Karkada

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Objective: The objective of this review is to assess the effectiveness and meaningfulness of breast cancer peer survivorship and support group in improving the quality of life of immigrant adults. Introduction: Immigrant women use fewer follow-up and peer support services following treatment for breast cancer than people who have not recently immigrated to a new country. Review questions: This JBI convergent segregated approach to a mixed methods systematic review will address the following review questions. What is the impact of survivorship and peer support groups on improving the quality of life for immigrant women survivors? What is the impact of acculturated interventions for breast cancer survivors to improve quality of life? Inclusion criteria: The inclusion criteria include immigrant women who have completed their initial course of breast cancer treatment. The exclusion criteria include non-immigrant - women and men (above 18 years) who are not diagnosed with breast cancer, or currently undergoing active or advanced treatment, or end of life care. Methods: The proposed systematic review will be conducted in accordance with the Joanna Briggs Institute methodology for mixed methods systematic reviews. The search strategy will include qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research reports published in academic journals and a grey literature search for unpublished research reports. A mixed method integrated approach to synthesis and integration will be used. Findings of method synthesis will be configured according to JBI methodology convergent segregated mixed methods systematic review. Systematic review registration number: Registration of title in PROSPERO 2020: https://www.crd.york.ac.uk/prospero/#loginpage.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100678
JournalClinical Epidemiology and Global Health
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Breast cancer
  • Immigrants
  • Quality of life
  • Support group
  • Survivorship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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