1st Edition

Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Nursing and Midwifery Towards a Critical Social Science

Edited By Jon Adams, Philip Tovey Copyright 2008
    196 Pages
    by Routledge

    192 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book explores the historical, social, political and cultural facets of integration between complementary and alternative medicine and nursing/midwifery. It examines the ever-expanding integration in relation to:

    • the role and conceptualization of the patient
    • the role and responsibilities of different professional healthcare providers (nurses, midwives, alternative therapists, etc)
    • the future provision and approach of nursing and midwifery practice
    • the challenges and opportunities currently facing healthcare systems as a result of integration.

    This innovative book provides the first critical overview of this important field of health research. It is important reading for medical sociologists, nurses and other health professionals - as well as students in these areas - with an interest in complementary and alternative medicine.

    Introduction.  Part 1: The Evolution of CAM in Nursing and Midwifery  1. CAM and Nursing: Changing Boundaries  2. CAM and Contemporary Nursing Theory and Practice  Part 2: CAM Nursing/Midwifery in Intra-Professional Context  3. Grass-Roots CAM Nursing/Midwifery: Life Process and Professional Action  4. CAM and the Meaning of Nursing Care  5. Nurses in Alternative Health Care: Processes of Boundary Re-Configuration  Part 3: Inter-Professional Issues in CAM Nursing/Midwifery  6. CAM, Wellness Nursing and the ‘New Public Health’  7. Integration in Inter-Professional Context: CAM Nursing as 'Middle Ground'  8. The Common Bond between CAM and Nursing: Claiming Autonomy from the Medical Profession.  Postscript


    Jon Adams is Senior Lecturer at the School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Australia.
    Philip Tovey is Reader in Health Sociology, School of Healthcare, University of Leeds, UK.