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Values-Based Health & Social Care

Values-Based Health & Social Care
Beyond Evidence-Based Practice

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July 2010 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Is evidence-based practice really best practice? This is a hotly debated question in health and social care circles and the starting point for this book. Engaging firmly in the debate, Values-Based Health & Social Care 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 book concludes with suggestions on how to develop a values-based approach in practice and through professional education.

Values-Based Health & Social Care sets out key debates surrounding the nature of practice which will be of interest to students and practitioners alike.


Jill McCarthy and Pat Rose
Mike Thomas, Mike Burt and Joy Parkes
The Emergence of Evidence-based Practice
Pat Rose and Jan Gidman
Evidence-based Practice within Values-based Care
Pat Rose and Sue Phillips
Caring: Values and Evidence
Tom Mason, Pete Hinman, Ruth Sadik, Doreen Collyer, Neil Hosker and Adam Keen
Values of Reductionism and Values of Holism
Jill McCarthy, Pauline Alexander, Moyra Baldwin and Jan Woodhouse
Valuing Professional Judgement
Annette McIntosh, Julie Dulson and Julie Bailey-McHale, Vignettes by Joanne Greenwood
The Value and Values of Service Users
Jill McCarthy and Sue Grumley
A Values-based Era in Professional Caring

This text provides a solid foundation of values based work in Health and Social Care. This book will be extremely useful for developing further arguments in relation to this aspect of the professional issues module

Mr Matt Rutter
Health , Riverside College Halton
June 28, 2016

This book address the topic well and with some depth but is still accessible for students

Dr Lucy Hanson
Social Work Department , Care and Justice, Liverpool Hope University
April 14, 2016

This book is useful for lecturers and students who want to engage in the debate about the role of the person in evidence based practice.

Mr Michael Klingenberg
Faculty of Health & Social Sciences, Leeds Beckett University
February 29, 2016

A great book exploring the values in health and social care and has been recommended to our health and social care students

Miss Tracy Robson
Community Studies, Truro College
February 6, 2015

Supports Professional Development for undergrad learning.

Mr Alan Mount
Department of Allied Health Profession, Canterbury Christ Church University
January 26, 2015

Book recommended for the BSc Health and Community programme starting in Feb 15

Mr Robson Santos
Health and Social Care, Glyndwr University
November 14, 2014

This is a good book for HNC Health and Social care students to gain an understanding of how and why it is important to implement value-based health practice.

Mr Denise Nannetti
Education (Stevenage), North Herts College
September 22, 2014

This book covers a broad range of issues in health and social care - there is plenty of discussion about the nature of evidence based practice and the application of research. This would be suitable for higher level courses(HNC+) looking for a deeper understanding of health and care practice

Mr Geoffrey Atkinson
Health & Social Care, Doncaster College
June 5, 2014

Recommended for use in module on Applying evidence to practice.

Ms Shelly Everett
Caring and Health, City of Oxford College
April 30, 2014

Was part of our bid for an education on national level. However another institute won the bid. I thought "not adopted" was the most appropriate status, though it does not reveal that we did select the book.

Mr Sven-Erik Olsson
Society & Health, Kristianstad University
October 9, 2013

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: The Emergence of Evidence-Based Practice

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