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The MATRIx study is led by researchers at City, University of London in collaboration with experts in London. Despite significant improvements in perinatal mental health services, there are still gaps in access for women from ethnic minority groups. MATRIx 2 wants to understand why this is, and develop a culturally sensitive care pathway to overcome barriers.



  1. To use an evidence-based co-design approach to co-create a culturally tailored care pathway aimed at overcoming some of the barriers identified by the MATRIx 1 project.



(1) Identify barriers to accessing/implementing PMH care from women, health professionals and service manager’s perspectives.

(2) Develop care that is appropriate to women's needs, including being culturally and religiously sensitive

(3) Create outputs for services and women

We will form two lived experience groups: one with women and the other with HPs and service managers at Homerton hospital or East London Foundation Trust. We will recruit from a range of sources using multiple recruitment strategies


We will carry out qualitative research with women and health professionals  to determine which barriers identified by the MATRIx 1 study are most relevant to the service managers and women. The women and health professionals from the lived experience groups will take part. We will analyse data using thematic analysis. 

With the lived-experience groups we will co-produce an updated perinatal mental health care pathway focusing on more culturally sensitive care, including reducing the barriers identified by the MATRIx project and results from Phase 2.

Supporting Organisations


This project is funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaboration North Thames. The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.

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