Integrative healthcare, Complementary Therapies and the Midwife

The amount of research on integrative healthcare and complementary therapies within women’s health and midwifery care varies widely depending on the particular practice or modality.  This presentation discusses the need for these concepts framed within evidence based care for nurse-midwifery students.  At Frontier Nursing University in the Evidence Based Care graduate course this module is meant to focus on basic definitions, review essential concepts for identifying relevant evidence within integrative healthcare and complementary therapies, discuss ways to assist with evaluating the quality of evidence, along with the application of evidence to clinical practice to improve the quality and safety of health and health care.  With accessing the best evidence to date on a modality along with critical evaluation of scientific evidence the goal is that students will feel better informed as they work within a shared decision making model regarding the use and integration of complementary and integrative health approaches.