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.

part |61 pages

Inter-professional issues

chapter |22 pages

CAM integration in inter-professional context

Nursing, midwifery and medicine in Canada
ByIvy L. Bourgeault, Kristine A. Hirschkorn

chapter |19 pages

The emerging role of alternative midwifery within the wider socio-political sphere

A focus upon alternative birth care providers and their relationship with conventional medicine
ByPaaige K. Turner

part |64 pages

Intra-professional issues

chapter |20 pages

The authentication of CAM in nursing

An examination of historic referencing in selected nursing journals
ByPhilip Tovey, Jon Adams

chapter |20 pages

CAM, nursing and the meanings of care

ByKahryn Hughes

chapter |22 pages

Nurses and midwives in alternative health care

Comparative processes of boundary re-configuration in Israel
ByJudith T. Shuval, Sky E. Gross

part |42 pages

Public health and patient issues

chapter |19 pages

‘Latent' and ‘realised' risk cultures

Woman-centred midwifery and CAM
ByKaren Lane

chapter |21 pages

CAM, holistic wellness nursing and the new public health

ByEmily Hansen