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Values-based Practice


Values-based practice (VBP) is a clinical skills-based approach for working with complex and conflicting values in healthcare. It is a twin framework to evidence-based practice (EBP).

  • The point of VBP: rather than giving us answers as such, VBP aims to support balanced decision making within frameworks of shared values appropriate to the situation in question
  • The premise of VBP: the basis for balanced decision making in VBP is the premise of mutual respect for differences of values
  • The process of VBP: VBP supports decision making through good process rather than prescribing preset right outcomes. There are ten key elements of the process of VBP covering clinical skills, professional relationships and the inter-relationship of science (EBP) and VBP, as well as dissensus in partnership in decision making

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News and Events

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The CUP series

Cambridge University Press Cambridge University Press is launching a new book series on VBP jointly with Warwick Medical School.

Teaching VBP

VBP builds on learnable clinical skills and there is a growing resource of practical materials to support learning and teaching:

VBP Research and Development

Like EBP, its sister framework, VBP is not a static handed-down model but instead is being actively developed and extended through a number of impact and other studies.


The development of values-based practice is supported a growing range of resources in a number of key areas