Part 2: A model for evidence-based decision-making in midwifery care

Diane Ménage

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National and local health-care policies, along with professional standards and guidance, call for midwives to play a key role in delivering evidence-based, safe, personalised care in partnership with women. However, the tools to guide this complex process have been missing. This paper introduces, explains and demonstrates the utility of a model of evidence-based decision-making for midwifery. Uniquely, the model uses a very broad definition of evidence, which includes evidence from the woman, the midwife, research and resources, in an environmental context. The model addresses a gap in theory and practice about how partnership decision-making works within increasingly complex maternity services. Testing and evaluating the model in different maternity settings would assist in the development and refinement of this model
Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 4 Feb 2016

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  • Evidence-based care
  • Decision-making
  • Midwifery-led care
  • Autonomy
  • Partnership


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