Leah L. Albers practiced full-scope midwifery for 11 years, and then completed the DrPH degree at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health in 1990. Since 1991, Dr. Albers has been a midwifery teacher and researcher at the University of New Mexico, and from 1997-1998 she spent a sabbatical year at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit in Oxford, United Kingdom. Additionally, Dr. Albers serves as a member of the peer review panel of the Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health.
“EVIDENCE” AND MIDWIFERY PRACTICE
Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
2001 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health
Volume 46, Issue 3, pages 130–136, May-June 2001
How to Cite
Albers, L. L. (2001), “EVIDENCE” AND MIDWIFERY PRACTICE. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health, 46: 130–136. doi: 10.1016/S1526-9523(01)00114-3
- Issue published online: 24 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
Evidence-based care has become the new standard in the clinical disciplines. It represents a paradigm shift for clinicians, toward greater inclusion of research findings in patient care decisions. Randomized trials are the “gold standard” in clinical research and provide the strongest evidence for a treatment or intervention. But, randomized trials have limitations and cannot address all important clinical questions. Research using observational, descriptive, and qualitative methods also has a place in generating evidence for practice. Balancing the needs of individual women against what is learned from research with groups or populations is a challenge for midwives.