Edited by Jennifer Radden

in The Philosophy of Psychiatry

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780195149531
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199870943 | DOI:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry


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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

Chapter.  14139 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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