Michael Loughlin

Project Partner: Michael Loughlin
Michael Loughlin
Professor of Applied Philosophy University of West London

Michael is Professor of Applied Philosophy at the University of West London and Fellow of the England Centre for Practice Development at Canterbury Christ Church University.  He has written extensively on the relationship between evidence and values in health care and chairs the Special Interest Group in Health Philosophy for the European Society for Person-Centred Healthcare.  He edits the special thematic editions in health philosophy for the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. Michael developed the wikiVBP library and continues as librarian to the project.

Michael is a philosopher interested in underlying questions about knowledge and value in healthcare. His early work criticised the role of management theory in undermining professional autonomy, raised methodological questions about quality measures, bioethics and the use of evidence in health policy and defended a ‘virtues’ approach to practical wisdom.Recent work on medical epistemology raises questions about scientism and moral realism, defending a humanistic conception of rationality and science in practice. He's Associate Editor of the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. I Chair the Special Interest Group in Health Philosophy for the European Society for Person Centered Healthcare.


Based in

United Kingdom

Working in

United Kingdom

Areas of interest in VBP

Education, Management, Meeting/ASS (Advanced Studies Seminar), Publications/CUP series, Research/philosophy, Research/person-centred care/philosophy of medicine/ evidence/value/judgment/clinical reasoning, Services/person-centered

Related areas of interest

Communication skills, Decision theory, Evidence-based practice, Ethics, Health economics, Medical humanities/bioethics/philosophical methodology/medical epistemology/moral education


Debates in Values-based Practice: Arguments For and Against