Dr Ruth M Strudwick
Tel: 01473 338543
The Association for Radiography Educators (ARE) published a handbookin October 2018 to enable training in Values-Based Practice (VBP):
VBP always includes a patient's values in joint decision-making. It is an approach that compliments evidence-based radiography to ensure a holistic service. By patient values we mean the unique preferences, concerns and expectations each patient brings to a practice encounter. VBP takes into account and highlights what matters to the patient (Fulford et al., 2012). A small team including committee members of the Association of Radiography Educators (ARE) and other interested radiography educators have adapted materials from a handbook, originally developed for medicine (Fulford andHanda, 2011) and now adapted for radiography. The handbook has been produced with the intention that it will be used by and for radiographers.
The scenarios included have been piloted with radiographers and undergraduates at study days and in teaching sessions. We are grateful to the participants for their input.
Raising the awareness of values is essential to enable contemporary person-centred care. Sustainable implementation, however, depends on a whole-systems approach where patients are at the centre of service delivery. The handbook introduces the concept and provides examples. The aim is to share this material; we advocate that all radiographers must gain an understanding of VBP and adopt the approach in practice. The handbook is a method of raising awareness. This is the beginning of VBP conversations in radiography; when embedded, VBP will provide assurance that we put the patient at the centre of each and every episode of their care.
Fulford K W M and Handa A (2011) Values Based Practice In Clinical Care - A Training Template. The Collaborating Centre for Values-Based Practice in Health and Social Care, Oxford.
Fulford K W M, Peile E and Carroll H (2012) Essentials of Values-based Practice: Clinical Stories Linking Science with people. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.