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Research Literacy in Maternity Acupuncture

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This course offers acupuncturists an overview of key research issues for reading and understanding research papers in perinatal acupuncture. This includes understanding key research terms with using examples from papers relating to perinatal acupuncture and being able to complete checklists to assess the quality of RTC’s, qualitative and mixed methods papers as well as case histories.

 

Programme outline

  • Why research – initial concepts
  • Why becoming research literature has value and looking at the concepts of statistical and clinical significance
  • Using the critical analysis checklist for an RCT
  • Understanding different types of research: Quantitative, Qualitative and Mixed Methods research
  • Considerations for reading a RCT paper
  • Understanding terminology around pragmatic trials and the difference between effectiveness and efficacy
  • Research in practice – findings from PhD research: The use of Acupuncture in threatened miscarriage – a mixed methods study
  • Academic writing: Case histories
  • Understanding Systematic Reviews

Goals and Objectives

  1. Acupuncturists taking this class can expect to:
  2. Understand key research terms to use when discussing research with medical colleagues to promote professional credibility
  3. Understand how to use key research terms from the evidence base when advertising or promoting their pregnancy practice
  4. Identify quality studies that they can share and discuss with medical colleagues and the public 
  5. Understand how to write a case history from clinical practice for publication

 

Programme outline
  • Why research – initial concepts
  • Why becoming research literature has value and looking at the concepts of statistical and clinical significance
  • Using the critical analysis checklist for an RCT
  • Understanding different types of research: Quantitative, Qualitative and Mixed Methods research
  • Considerations for reading a RCT paper
  • Understanding terminology around pragmatic trials and the difference between effectiveness and efficacy
  • Research in practice – findings from PhD research: The use of Acupuncture in threatened miscarriage – a mixed methods study
  • Academic writing: Case histories
  • Understanding Systematic Reviews

Debra gradu­ated from the London College of Acupuncture in 1989. With a practice based in women’s health she commenced acupuncture courses for midwives in 1997. This led to publications on the use of acupuncture and acupressure in obstetric practice including the text book “The Essential Guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy & Childbirth” in 2006, which has been translated into German and French.

Debra completed her PhD on the use of acupuncture in threatened miscarriage in 2014 through the University of Western Sydney and is currently the Director of Postgraduate Programmes for an online Masters course through New Zealand School Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

She is also a clinical supervisor at a hospital antenatal acupuncture clinic in New Zealand, and lectures internationally on the use of acupuncture in obstet­ric care. She currently resides with her husband and three children in Wellington, New Zealand.



$150.00 USD