Alex Mold

in Making the patient-consumer

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2015 | ISBN: 9780719095313
Published online January 2016 | e-ISBN: 9781781708606 | DOI:

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This chapter explores the ways in which patient organisations began to re-position the patient through emerging notions of health consumerism and patient autonomy in Britain. It does so by focusing on four areas. Firstly, it considers the place of autonomy within concepts of bioethics and consumerism as they developed during the 1960s and 1970s. Secondly, the chapter attempts to uncover what patients themselves thought of health care in this period. Thirdly, the chapter examines the work of the National Association for the Welfare of Children in Hospital (NAWCH) and their attempts to get hospitals to permit the unrestricted visiting of children in hospital. Finally, the chapter studies the activities of the Patients Association (PA) and their campaign to establish a right for patients to consent to participate in the teaching of medical students.

Keywords: Autonomy; Bioethics; Consent; Rights

Chapter.  10600 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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