A Systematic Approach for Midwifery Students: How to Consider Evidence-Based Research Findings

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  • Mona T. Lydon-Rochelle CNM, PhD, MPH,

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      5Department of Family and Child Nursing, School of Nursing, Mailstop 357262, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-7262.
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    • Mona T. Lydon-Rochelle, CNM, PhD, MPH, is affiliated with the Department of Family and Child Nursing, School of Nursing and Department of Health Services, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

  • Ellen Hodnett RN, PhD,

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    • Ellen Hodnett, RN, PhD, is affiliated with the Department of Perinatal Nursing Research, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

  • Mary J. Renfrew CNM, PhD,

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    • Mary J. Renfrew, CNM, PhD, is affiliated with the Mother and Infant Research Unit, University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom.

  • Judith Lumley MBBS, PhD

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    • Judith Lumley, MBBS, PhD, is affiliated with the Centre for the Study of Mothers' and Children's Health, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.


5Department of Family and Child Nursing, School of Nursing, Mailstop 357262, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-7262.

Abstract

The midwifery profession is increasingly applying the results of evidence-based research findings. Several researchers were asked if they would answer questions regarding the essential research skills necessary for midwives, the relevance of applying valid evidence to practice, and concerns regarding evidence-based practice overall. The objectives were to share expert researchers' responses that could be used by educators to help introductory midwifery students understand the importance of developing skills in assessing “the best evidence” and to stimulate interactive discussion in the classroom. Consideration of the expert opinions stimulated student thinking on the relation of evidence-based findings to practice in an exciting approach characterized by inquiry and debate, which got favorable responses and evaluations from the students.

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