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.

The Value and Values of Service Users

The value and values of service users
AnnetteMcIntosh, JulieDulson and JulieBailey-McHale. Vignettes by JoanneGreenwood

In this chapter, service user involvement in health and social care is explored with a focus on the values underpinning this concept. The first section concerns the current context of service user involvement and the nature and challenges of partnership working. A key initiative in collaborative working, that of the service user as an expert, is critically analysed in the next section and the chapter moves to a conclusion with a discussion of diversity and a call for not merely acknowledging, but celebrating, the difference and diversity evident within the values of individuals.

Service User Involvement and the Characteristics and Challenges of Effective Partnership Working

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