Methods of validating research in complementary therapies
Findings from a project designed to explore complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) activity within a local childbearing community in the north of England reveal that a number of women are engaging with different forms of CAM. Research associate/lecturer in midwifery, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Hull HU6 7RX England. Professor of midwifery, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Hull HU6 7RX England. Lecturer in midwifery, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Hull HU6 7RX England. A descriptive questionnaire survey was designed to explore CAM activity with a sample (distributed to 85 women, of which 40 responded).
The authors voice concern that a small proportion of women are using CAM without letting their midwife know. Ethical approval was obtained from the NHS trust and the University of Hull. Questionnaire data revealed that 17 out of 40 women (42.5%) engaged with CAM.
This isolationism has been contradicted by a small, but growing, group of scholars and clinicians who have been able to cross sectarian lines. Theoretical, empirical, and clinical foundations of the concept of "therapeutic impact." Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 2, 193-206.
These integrationists have aimed at establishing a useful dialogue among members of the various sectarian schools of psychotherapy.
This is partly because of the lack of financial incentives for industry, and partly because, like mainstream medical research, there is a social responsibility for government to fund such research.
However, for the most part, we have refused to learn psychotherapy from each other if our ideologies and allegiances are different.
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The findings from this preliminary survey present some evidence of a consumer interest in these medicines.
The findings reflect the suggestion made by Jones (2012), that midwives in their attempts to promote models of care that seek to focus on a woman-centred and a midwifery-led approach, appear to be ‘pseudo consumers’ of CAM. Researchers and practitioners should gain more insight into how women engage with, and want to engage with CAM.