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The Philosophy of PsychiatryA Companion$
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Jennifer Radden

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195149531

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149531.001.0001

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Ten Principles of Values-Based Medicine

(p.205) Chapter 14 FACTS/VALUES
The Philosophy of Psychiatry
Jennifer Radden
Oxford University Press

Values-based medicine (VBM) is the theory and practice of effective health-care decision making for situations in which legitimately different (and hence potentially conflicting) value perspectives are in play. As a theory, VBM is the values counterpart of Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM). VBM and EBM are both responses to the growing complexity of decision making in health care: EBM is a response to the growing complexity of the relevant facts; VBM is a response to the growing complexity of the relevant values. As a practice, VBM is a skills-based counterpart of the currently dominant quasi-legal form of clinical bioethics. VBM emphasizes the importance of good process in the form particularly of improved clinical practice skills. This chapter discusses the ten principles of VBM.

Keywords:   VBM, evidence-based medicine, philosophy, EBM

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