Mar Estupiñán Fdez. de Mesa

Postgraduate Researcher (PhDc)
MPH, PGCert, Pharmacy University Degree


My research project

Affiliations and memberships

General Pharmaceutical Council
Royal Pharmaceutical Society
British Oncology Pharmacy Association


Melvina Woode Owusu, Mar Estupiñán Fdez. de Mesa, Hamish Mohammed, Makeda Gerressu, Gwenda Hughes, Catherine H Mercer, Mar Estupiñan Fernandez De Mesa (2023)Race to address sexual health inequalities among people of Black Caribbean heritage: could co-production lead to more culturally appropriate guidance and practice?, In: Sexually transmitted infections BMJ Publishing Group Ltd
Maria Del Mar Estupiñan Fernandez De Mesa, Afrodita Mihaela Marcu, Emma Ream, Katriina Whitaker (2023)Relationship between intersectionality and cancer inequalities: A scoping review protocol, In: BMJ open13e066637 British Medical Journal Publishing Group

IntroductionPersistent inequalities in cancer care and cancer outcomes exist within and between countries. However, the evidence pertaining to the root causes driving cancer inequalities is mixed. This may be explained by the inadequate attention paid to experiences of patients with cancer living at the intersection of multiple social categories (eg, social class, ethnicity). This is supported by the intersectionality framework. This framework offers an alternative lens through which to analyse and understand how these interlocking systems of oppression uniquely shape the experiences of patients with cancer and drive inequalities. In this protocol, we outline a scoping review that will systematically map what is known about the relationship between intersectionality and inequalities in care experience and cancer outcomes of patients with cancer; and to determine how the intersectionality framework has been applied in studies across the cancer care pathway and across countries.Methods and analysisThis study will be guided by Arksey and O’Malley’s, and Levac et al’s frameworks for scoping reviews. We will identify and map the evidence on cancer inequalities and intersectionality from 1989 to present date. Electronic databases (EMBASE, PsychINFO, CINAHL, Medline, Web of Science, ProQuest) and a systematic search strategy using a combination of keywords and Boolean operators AND/OR will be used to identify relevant studies. Screening of eligible papers and data extraction will be conducted by two independent reviewers, and disagreements resolved by discussion with the research team. We will use an iterative process to data charting using a piloted form. Findings will be collated into a narrative report.Ethics and disseminationEthical approval is not required since data used are from publicly available secondary sources. Findings will be disseminated through peer-reviewed journals, conferences and stakeholder meetings. Further, findings will inform the next phases of a multistage research project aimed at understanding inequalities among patients with breast cancer.