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Values, principles and standards

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847427458.003.0006
Values, principles and standards

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This chapter examines the values and principles that give radical patient activists their sense of direction in their work. It explains that patient autonomy is a fundamental value for activists, and that they identify new issues and press for higher standards in directions which support it. The chapter suggests that the principles which radical activists drew out of their experiences, discussions, and reading over the first 20 or so years of the patient movement, from the early 1960s to the late 1980s, were: choice, information, access, respect, equity, shared decision making, safety, support, representation, and redress.

Keywords: patient activists; values; principles; patient autonomy; choice; information; respect; access; decision making

Chapter.  6242 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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