Engaging firmly in the debate, this book calls into question the dominance of evidence-based practice and sets out an alternative vision of care which places holism, professional judgment, intuition, and client choice at its center. Bringing together writers from a range of health and social care backgrounds, the book describes the rise of evidence-based practice and explores major criticisms of the approach. It argues that evidence should be seen as part of a broader vision of practice which places equal value on a holistic vision of the needs of patients and clients, professional knowledge and intuition, and seeing patients and clients as partners in their care. Case studies are used throughout the book to help readers link the concepts to practice.
This book seeks to address the question: is evidence-based practice best practice? It was conceived at a staff conference at the University of Chester where we, the editors, are employed. In his introduction to the conference, the Dean of Faculty of Health and Social Care, Professor Mike Thomas (lead author of Chapter 1) discussed a burgeoning interest in values-based care as an adjunct to evidence-based practice. We discussed this with him over coffee and both expressed an interest in exploring this concept further. We sought the interest of colleagues and discovered this was an area which people throughout the faculty felt strongly about and many expressed an interest in contributing to a book. We asked these people to provide a more detailed ...