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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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Conflict and schism

Conflict and schism

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(p.135) Eight Conflict and schism
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Towards the emancipation of patients
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Charlotte Williamson

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847427458.003.0008

This chapter examines the conflicts and schisms in the patient movement. It suggests that the fragmentation and political weakness of the patient movement is caused by conflicts among patient groups and between individual activists, which makes it difficult for groups to work together as a unified movement. The chapter provides evidence from research which suggests that a radical–conservative distinction in patient groups underlies some of the conflicts in the patient movement in Great Britain today.

Keywords:   patient movement, schism, conflict, political weakness, patient groups, radical–conservative distinction, Great Britain

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