The patient movement

Charlotte Williamson

in Towards the emancipation of patients

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9781847427458
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304043 | DOI:
The patient movement

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This chapter defines the concept of patient movement and examines its early history. It discusses the beginnings of the movement in the 1960s, and explains the distinction between radical and conservative patient groups involved in the movement. The chapter suggests that the radical part of the patient movement is so similar to recognised emancipation movements that the patient movement can be seen as an emancipation movement in itself. It also investigates why the patient movement has not been considered as an emancipation movement and discusses the factors that influence the positions of different groups on various issues in healthcare.

Keywords: patient movement; radical patient groups; conservative patient groups; emancipation movements; healthcare

Chapter.  5005 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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