Allies and antagonists

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:
Allies and antagonists

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This chapter examines the radical and conservative doctors who are considered allies and antagonists of the patient movement. It explains that the minority of doctors who are radical tend to support radical patient activists' ideas and definitions of higher standards. The chapter suggests that radical and conservative alignments and positions in doctors are important because doctors and activists working together can articulate new standards successfully. It contends that it is important to consider the cultural and political implications of these alliances and antagonisms in order to help the royal colleges and other institutions or groups set and secure the implementation of the high standards which should characterise healthcare.

Keywords: doctors; patient movement; antagonism; alliances; cultural implications; political implications; royal colleges

Chapter.  8821 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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