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.

Evidence-Based Practice within Values-Based Care

Evidence-based practice within values-based care
PatRose and JanGidman

There is no doubt that high-quality research has revolutionised the delivery of health care over the past century. For example, the introduction of aseptic techniques, antibiotics and immunisations has played a major part in the management of infection and infectious diseases whilst improved anaesthetics, imaging and microsurgery have changed the face of surgery. Thomas, Burt and Parkes (in Chapter 1) have described the emergence of evidence-based practice (EBP) within health and social care. This chapter explores in more depth the three elements of EBP, namely research, professional expertise and service user experience, and discusses how they are integrated to inform the concept of values-based care. It will be argued that the complexity of health ...

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