Table 4

Assessment of study relevance

Study relevanceDefinition
High (specific)FGM/C-specific healthcare (eg, the study is focused on a specific aspect of care related directly to FGM/C, eg, deinfibulation, childbirth for women who have had FGM/C, psychological care).
Medium (direct)Other healthcare context (eg, where the study focus is on the maternity care experience of a particular group more generally and where some of the findings relate to the experience of FGM/C).
Low (indirect)Where the study focus is on general attitudes towards FGM/C and/or experiences and consequences of FGM—and where some FGM/C-related healthcare issues are reported, but are not the main focus of the paper.
  • FGM/C, female genital mutilation/cutting.