Towards the emancipation of patients: Patients’ experiences and the patient movement
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.
Struggling to get information and to improve healthcare over the past 24 years, I have often felt kinship with those who participated in the early days of women’s emancipation. This book examines the similarities in a scholarly, but readable, empathetic manner.
‘A definitive commentary on patient emancipation and a must have for anyone interested in patients and their wellbeing’. – Sir Donald Irvine.
The author, Charlotte Williamson, my friend and colleague, has been at the forefront of the patient movement for many years.
Keywords: patient autonomy, healthcare, patient movement, emancipation movement, patient groups, individual activists, injustice, inequality
Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9781847427458
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847427458.001.0001