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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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The patient movement

The patient movement

(p.33) Three The patient movement
Towards the emancipation of patients

Charlotte Williamson

Policy Press

This chapter defines the concept of patient movement and examines its early history. It discusses the beginnings of the movement in the 1960s, and explains the distinction between radical and conservative patient groups involved in the movement. The chapter suggests that the radical part of the patient movement is so similar to recognised emancipation movements that the patient movement can be seen as an emancipation movement in itself. It also investigates why the patient movement has not been considered as an emancipation movement and discusses the factors that influence the positions of different groups on various issues in healthcare.

Keywords:   patient movement, radical patient groups, conservative patient groups, emancipation movements, healthcare

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