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.

Caring: Values and Evidence

Caring: Values and evidence
PatRose and SuePhillips

‘Care is not an aspect of treatment that may or may not enhance clinical outcomes; care is the reason for giving treatment to another person’ (Olsen, 2000: 470), thus caring should be the fundamental value espoused by all health and social care professionals. In 2005, of the approximate 1.3 million people working in the NHS, 679,157 were professionally qualified clinical staff and a further 376,219 were support workers to clinical staff (The Information Centre, 2006). Add to this the one million plus social care workforce (DH, 2009a) and we have a workforce of over 2.3 million paid workers providing health and social care to the British population. In addition, there is an unknown number of carers, ...

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