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Towards the emancipation of patients: Patients' experiences and the patient movement

Charlotte Williamson

Abstract

Despite a policy focus on involving patients in healthcare and increasing patient autonomy, much covert coercion of patients takes place in everyday healthcare. This book examines how the patient movement, which works to improve the quality of healthcare, can actually be considered an emancipation movement when led by its radical elements. The author argues that radical patient groups and individual activists who repeatedly challenge or oppose some standards in healthcare can be seen as working in the direction of freeing patients from coercion and from its associated injustice and inequality. ... More

Keywords: patient autonomy, healthcare, patient movement, emancipation movement, patient groups, individual activists, injustice, inequality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9781847427458
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847427458.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charlotte Williamson, author