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Towards the emancipation of patientsPatients' experiences and the patient movement$
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Charlotte Williamson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427458

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427458.001.0001

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Achievements and failures

Achievements and failures

(p.181) Ten Achievements and failures
Towards the emancipation of patients

Charlotte Williamson

Policy Press

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

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