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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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Values, principles and standards

Values, principles and standards

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(p.90) (p.91) Six Values, principles and standards
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Towards the emancipation of patients
Author(s):

Charlotte Williamson

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847427458.003.0006

This chapter examines the values and principles that give radical patient activists their sense of direction in their work. It explains that patient autonomy is a fundamental value for activists, and that they identify new issues and press for higher standards in directions which support it. The chapter suggests that the principles which radical activists drew out of their experiences, discussions, and reading over the first 20 or so years of the patient movement, from the early 1960s to the late 1980s, were: choice, information, access, respect, equity, shared decision making, safety, support, representation, and redress.

Keywords:   patient activists, values, principles, patient autonomy, choice, information, respect, access, decision making

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