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.

A Values-Based Era in Professional Caring

A values-based era in professional caring
JillMcCarthy and SueGrumley

Values-based care heralds a new era in health and social care provision. However, for this care to be successfully implemented nationally, it needs to be underpinned by values-based education with high-quality research playing a strong, supporting role rather than being the sole driver. With values-based care, targets are person rather than organisation-focused which puts the service user at the centre of care delivery. To achieve this, it is recommended that the paradigm shift from evidence to values, which has already begun, is further developed by leaders in the health and social care sectors. Care is not fixed but fluid, developing and improving as new ideas and innovations are initiated. The introduction of ...

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