What is Values-based Practice?

Values-based practice (VBP) is an approach to working with complex and conflicting values in healthcare that is:

  • Complementary to other approaches to working with values (such as ethics) in focusing on individual values
  • A partner to evidence-based practice in supporting clinical judgment in individual cases

In focusing on individuals in this way VBP links science with the unique values of the particular people involved (as clinicians, patients, carers and others) in a given clinical decision.

How does Values-based Practice Work?

VBP builds on a premise of mutual respect to support balanced decision making within frameworks of shared values. At the heart of VBP is a ten-part process covering clinical skills, professional relationships, links with evidence-based practice and partnership in decision-making.

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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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