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.
Table of Contents
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