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Advanced midwifery practice: An evolutionary concept analysis

Goemaes, R, Beeckman, D, Goossens, J, Shawe, JA, Verhaeghe, S and Van Hecke, A (2016) Advanced midwifery practice: An evolutionary concept analysis Midwifery, 42. pp. 29-37.

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Aim the concept of ‘advanced midwifery practice’ is explored to a limited extent in the international literature. However, a clear conception of advanced midwifery practice is vital to advance the discipline and to achieve both internal and external legitimacy. This concept analysis aims to clarify advanced midwifery practice and identify its components. Methods a review of the literature was executed using Rodgers’ evolutionary method of concept analysis to analyze the attributes, references, related terms, antecedents and consequences of advanced midwifery practice. Results an international consensus definition of advanced midwifery practice is currently lacking. Four major attributes of advanced midwife practitioners (AMPs) are identified: autonomy in practice, leadership, expertise, and research skills. A consensus was found on the need of preparation at master’s level for AMPs. Such midwives have a broad and internationally varied scope of practice, fulfilling different roles such as clinicians, clinical and professional leaders, educators, consultants, managers, change agents, researchers, and auditors. Evidence illustrating the important part AMPs play on a clinical and strategic level is mounting. Key conclusions the findings of this concept analysis support a wide variety in the emergence, titles, roles, and scope of practice of AMPs. Research on clinical and strategic outcomes of care provided by AMPs supports further implementation of these roles. As the indistinctness of AMPs’ titles and roles is one of the barriers for implementation, a clear conceptualization of advanced midwifery practice seems essential for successful implementation. Implications for practice an international debate and consensus on the defining elements of advanced midwifery practice could enhance the further development of midwifery as a profession and is a prerequisite for its successful implementation. Due to rising numbers of AMPs, extension of practice and elevated quality requirements in healthcare, more outcomes research exclusively evaluating the contribution of AMPs to healthcare becomes possible and desirable.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Health Care
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Authors :
Goemaes, R
Beeckman, D
Goossens, J
Shawe, JA
Verhaeghe, S
Van Hecke, A
Date : November 2016
DOI : 10.1016/j.midw.2016.09.004
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2016 This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Uncontrolled Keywords : Advanced practice nursing, midwifery, certified nurse midwife, advanced midwife practitioner, concept analysis
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 14 Oct 2016 13:52
Last Modified : 13 Sep 2017 02:08

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