This Reading Guide provides a brief introduction to the now considerable literature on values-based practice and other tools in the growing ‘tool kit’ of ways of working with values in health and social care.

Suggestions for further reading are included with each section.

Many Voices

The many voices of values-based practice are reflected in the variety and range of materials described here. Those who use services (patients and carers) as well as those who provide them (clinical professionals of various kinds, managers, policy makers and researchers) have contributed and continue to contribute to the development of values-based approaches.

Co-production – an equality of voices between service users and service providers – is a shared ambition among many in today’s health and social care. In values-based practice it is of the essence.

What this Reading Guide Covers

The opening two sections of the Reading Guide cover

Both theory and practice raise a number of controversial and on-going issues. An introduction to these is given in the section Research and On-going Development.

A key challenge for values-based practice is the difficulty of accessing sources. Much relevant information on values is in ‘grey literature’; and access to more formal research findings is hampered by the fact that electronic databases are not structured for easy retrieval of values-related papers – searching on ‘value*’ in Medline for example brings up millions of ‘hits’ but mostly about numerical values (‘the value of the hemoglobin is…’). The final part of the section Research and On-going Development thus offers suggestions for Knowledge Retrieval.

Values-based practice is at its most effective when used in conjunction with other tools in the increasingly well resourced ‘tool kit’ of ways of working with values in health and social care. A selection of these other tools is described in the final section of the Reading Guide The Values Tool Kit.

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WikiVBP Reference Library

The wikiVBP Reference Library aims to provide a focused resource of literature and other materials supporting training, research and policy developments in values-based practice.

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Key Areas of Collaboration

Core activities of the Centre are based around three inter-linked areas, Education, Regulation and Integration, together with crosscutting themes of Theory and Practice

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Values-based Surgical Care

Values-based practice in surgery is an innovative approach to decision making in surgery, linking science with people.


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Training Materials and Resources

The CUP Book Series

Cambridge University Press has a VBP book series.

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