Values-Based Practice: Linking Science with People

  • K. W. M. Fulford
  • Heidi Caroll
  • Ed Peile
Original Paper


Values-based practice is a new skills-based approach to working with complex and conflicting values in health care. In this paper we outline the point of values-based practice (to support balanced decision making), its premise (in respect for differences of values) and the ten elements of the process by which it supports balanced decision making in practice. We give examples of how values-based approaches have been applied in the development of policy and practice in mental health in the UK and outline its potential applications for contemporary psychotherapy. In a brief concluding section we show how the development of values-based practice in mental health is leading the way towards linking science more effectively with people across medicine as a whole.


Values Evidence Ethics Decision making 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. W. M. Fulford
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Heidi Caroll
    • 5
  • Ed Peile
    • 6
    • 7
  1. 1.St Cross CollegeOxfordUK
  2. 2.Faculty of PhilosophyUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK
  3. 3.Medical SchoolUniversity of WarwickCoventryUK
  4. 4.National Mental Health Development UnitLondonUK
  5. 5.Aboyne Medical PracticeAboyneScotland, UK
  6. 6.University of WarwickCoventryUK
  7. 7.Academy of Medical EducatorsLondonUK

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