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STRATEGIES FOR DISSEMINATION OF POLICY RESEARCH

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  • Nancy Kraus Cnm, Msn,

  • Lynette A. Ament MSN, CNM, RNC

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    • Lynette Ament received a Post-Master's Certificate in Nurse-Midwifery from the University of Illinois and is a Doctoral Candidate in Nursing with a minor in Public Administration at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Currently, she is a Clinical Instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and practices nurse-midwifery at Sinai Samaritan Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


1465 Robincrest Lane, Lindenhurst, IL. 60046.

ABSTRACT

Although there is evidence of high-quality care and cost-effective practice by certified nurse-midwives, CNMs still face many barriers to practice. Outcomes must be documented and disseminated more widely so that policy makers will be convinced that restrictions to CNM practice must be removed. The author identifies three obstacles to policy-related research dissemination: lack of cumulative data, lack of relevance to specific issues, and lack of power. To overcome these obstacles, five strategies are proposed to promote a wider dissemination of policy-related research results. CNMs must use these strategies to promote nurse-midwifery to the general public, government officials, interest groups, and policy makers.

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