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Challenging health inequalitiesFrom Acheson to choosing health$
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Elizabeth Dowler and Nick J. Spencer

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348999

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348999.001.0001

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Health inequalities and user involvement

Health inequalities and user involvement

(p.175) Ten Health inequalities and user involvement
Challenging health inequalities

Tritter Jonathan

Lester Helen

Policy Press

This chapter examines the theory and practice of user involvement and evaluates its impact on health inequalities in Great Britain. It describes different types of user involvement and highlights the problems in trying to define ‘hard to reach’ groups and the importance of user involvement for such groups. It concludes that user involvement is everyone's business that requires radical shifts in both theory and practice to succeed. It also suggests that creating and promoting greater exchange between those who provide and manage health services and communities and individuals who seek and receive services will create better tailoring of services to demand.

Keywords:   user involvement, health inequalities, Great Britain, health services, communities, individuals

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