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<i>Public and patient involvement in health and health care</i>

Kenneth C. Calman

in The Potential for Health

Published in print July 1998 | ISBN: 9780192629449
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723674 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192629449.003.0004
Public and patient involvement in health and health care

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This chapter emphasises the importance of the public and patients in changing health and health care, and recognises the special role of women. It identifies the relevance of such involvement, and some of the difficulties in so doing. Perceptions of health are in interesting part of this, including understanding, for example, why cigarette smokers, who are aware of the dangers, continue to smoke. Expectations are changing, the public's views are changing, and the health professionals need to be able to respond to such changes. An important part of this is patient choice, and their effective involvement in decision making. More broadly this concerns the allocation of resources and a greater understanding and awareness of risk and how best to communicate it to the public.

Keywords: women; health; health care; perception of health; expectations; risk communication; awareness

Chapter.  10254 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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