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Parental Preconception Exposures to Outdoor Neighbourhood Environments and Adverse Birth Outcomes: A Protocol for a Scoping Review and Evidence Map

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Melbourne School of Population & Global Health, University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC 3010, Australia
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Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Parkville, VIC 3052, Australia
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Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia
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Melbourne Medical School, University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC 3010, Australia
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Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC 3010, Australia
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Department of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Royal Women’s Hospital, Parkville, VIC 3052, Australia
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Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC 3010, Australia
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Liggins Institute, University of Auckland, Grafton, Auckland 1023, New Zealand
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School of Psychology, Faculty of Health, Deakin University, Burwood, VIC 3125, Australia
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IMPACT Institute, School of Medicine, Deakin University, Waurn Ponds, VIC 3216, Australia
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Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University, Montreal, QC H3A 2M7, Canada
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Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(17), 8943; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18178943
Received: 29 July 2021 / Revised: 22 August 2021 / Accepted: 23 August 2021 / Published: 25 August 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Reproductive Health)
Parental preconception exposures to built and natural outdoor environments could influence pregnancy and birth outcomes either directly, or via a range of health-related behaviours and conditions. However, there is no existing review summarising the evidence linking natural and built characteristics, such as air and noise pollution, walkability, greenness with pregnancy and birth outcomes. Therefore, the planned scoping review aims to collate and map the published literature on parental preconception exposures to built and natural outdoor environments and adverse pregnancy and birth outcomes. We will search electronic databases (MEDLINE, EMBASE, Scopus) to identify studies for inclusion. Studies will be included if they empirically assess the relationship between maternal and paternal preconception exposures to physical natural and built environment features that occur outdoors in the residential neighbourhood and adverse pregnancy and birth outcomes. Two reviewers will independently screen titles and abstracts, and then the full text. Data extraction and assessment of study quality will be performed by one researcher and checked by a second researcher. Results will be summarised in a narrative synthesis, with additional summaries presented as tables and figures. The scoping review will be disseminated via a peer-reviewed publication, at academic conferences, and published on a website. View Full-Text
Keywords: preconception; natural environment; built environment; pregnancy outcomes; birth outcomes; scoping review protocol preconception; natural environment; built environment; pregnancy outcomes; birth outcomes; scoping review protocol
MDPI and ACS Style

Mavoa, S.; Keevers, D.; Kane, S.C.; Wake, M.; Tham, R.; Lycett, K.; Wong, Y.T.; Chong, K. Parental Preconception Exposures to Outdoor Neighbourhood Environments and Adverse Birth Outcomes: A Protocol for a Scoping Review and Evidence Map. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 8943. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18178943

AMA Style

Mavoa S, Keevers D, Kane SC, Wake M, Tham R, Lycett K, Wong YT, Chong K. Parental Preconception Exposures to Outdoor Neighbourhood Environments and Adverse Birth Outcomes: A Protocol for a Scoping Review and Evidence Map. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(17):8943. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18178943

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Mavoa, Suzanne, Daniel Keevers, Stefan C. Kane, Melissa Wake, Rachel Tham, Kate Lycett, Yen Ting Wong, and Katherine Chong. 2021. "Parental Preconception Exposures to Outdoor Neighbourhood Environments and Adverse Birth Outcomes: A Protocol for a Scoping Review and Evidence Map" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 17: 8943. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18178943

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