Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9781847427458 Published June 2010 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $38.95 ISBN: 9781847427441 Published June 2010 For sale in North and South America only

Towards the emancipation of patients

Patients' experiences and the patient movement

Charlotte Williamson OBE

Towards the emancipation of patients
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Charlotte Williamson OBE

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

272 pages
Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9781847427458 Published June 2010 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $38.95 ISBN: 9781847427441 Published June 2010 For sale in North and South America only
Despite a policy focus on involving patients in health care and increasing patient autonomy, much covert coercion of patients takes place in everyday healthcare. This book, by a leading patient activist, examines for the first time 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. In this highly original book 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. Combining new academic theory with rich empirical evidence, the book explains how looking at healthcare from an emancipatory perspective could improve its quality as patients experience it. It will appeal to health professionals, managers, patient activists, policy makers and others concerned with the quality of healthcare.
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