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UP’s Centre for Ethics and Philosophy of Health Sciences has been involved in the recent publication of two BOOKS that are freely available from the links below:

 

  1. International Perspectives in Values-Based Mental Health Practice: Case Studies and Commentaries.

Edited by Stoyanov D, Fulford B, Stanghellini G, Van Staden W, Wong MT.

Published by Springer 2021

The electronic version of the book is open access and can be downloaded at:

https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-030-47852-0

This open access book offers essential information on values-based practice (VBP): the clinical skills involved, teamwork and person-centered care, links between values and evidence, and the importance of partnerships in shared decision-making. Different cultures have different values; for example, partnership in decision-making looks very different, from the highly individualized perspective of European and North American cultures to the collective and family-oriented perspectives common in South East Asia. In turn, African cultures offer yet another perspective, one that falls between these two extremes (called batho pele).

The book will benefit everyone concerned with the practical challenges of delivering mental health services. Accordingly, all contributions are developed on the basis of case vignettes, and cover a range of situations in which values underlie tensions or uncertainties regarding how to proceed in clinical practice. Examples include the patient’s autonomy and best interest, the physician’s commitment to establishing high standards of clinical governance, clinical versus community best interest, institutional versus clinical interests, patients insisting on medically unsound but legal treatments etc. Thus far, VBP publications have mainly dealt with clinical scenarios involving individual values (of clinicians and patients). Our objective with this book is to develop a model of VBP that is culturally much broader in scope. As such, it offers a vital resource for mental health stakeholders in an increasingly inter-connected world. It also offers opportunities for cross-learning in values-based practice between cultures with very different clinical care traditions.

 

  1. Pathways of Patients at the Grahamstown Lunatic Asylum, 1890 to 1907.

​​Authored by Rory Du Plessis

Published by Pretoria University Law Press 2020

The electronic version of the book is open access and can be downloaded at:

https://www.pulp.up.ac.za/latest-publications/279-pathways-of-patients-at-the-grahamstown-lunatic-asylum-1890-to-1907

Pathways of patients explores the casebooks of the Grahamstown Lunatic Asylum during the superintendence of Dr Thomas Duncan Greenlees, from 1890 to 1907. The hallmark of Pathways of patients is an examination of the asylum’s casebooks to bring into view the humanity of the patients, their distinct personal experiences, and their individuality. The book is underpinned by an allied goal to retrieve the casebook narratives of the patients’ life stories, their acts of agency, and their pathways to and from the asylum, with a view to understanding and portraying the context of patient experiences at the time.

Published by Deepeka Behari

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