The health care sector is highly dynamic. These developments are reflected in midwifery. They place additional and changed demands on the competence of midwives in the domain and social setting.
Evidence-based working, for example, is increasingly an integral element of primary midwifery. But what is the source of the necessary knowledge? Where does the evidence needed for evidence-based midwifery come from? This in turn necessitates research into the situation within primary midwifery in the Netherlands, a problem analysis and a needs assessment. The Professional Midwifery Education Foundation has taken up this challenge and, in conjunction with NIVEL (Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research) and the EMGO+ Institute (Institute for Research in Extramural Medicine is one of five research institutes of the VU University Medical Center Amsterdam), begun preparations for a study entitled:
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