This book explores how the links between midwifery research and practice can be developed and strengthened, in order to lead directly to care based on the best available evidence. Based on the realities of midwifery practice, contributions by researchers, practitioners and consumers explore the core issues, which challenge midwives in their practice, and how these challenges may be met.
Comprising two sections, the book deals clearly and in detail with the complex issues involved in developing evidence-based practice. The first section considers the context of research in todays healthcare structure, after reflecting on the current and past positions of research in midwifery. Issues such as ethical decisions and the involvement of women and babies in research are explored prior to a discussion of the different stages of the research process. Continual professional and practice development through education and audit are also examined. Section Two highlights some of the core skills for research in midwifery and offers guidance and tips from experts in their fields. Throughout the book, examples from practice and reflective exercise illustrate and underpin theoretical points.
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