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Achievements and failures

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/9781847427458.003.0010
Achievements and failures

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This chapter evaluates the extent to which radical patient groups and activists have succeeded in their emancipatory task. It examines the influence of patient activism on other people concerned with health, including patients, health professionals, corporate rationalisers, and reformers unconnected with the patient movement. The chapter also describes the radical activists' effects on standards of care and suggests that corporate rationalisers and professionals are affected by ideas and circumstances that are independent of patient activism and patients' views and wishes.

Keywords: patient groups; patient activists; health professionals; corporate rationalisers; patient activism

Chapter.  6165 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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