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Health and the Good SocietySetting Healthcare Ethics in Social Context$
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Alan Cribb

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199242733

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199242739.001.0001

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Participating in Health Decisions: Patient and Community Empowerment

Participating in Health Decisions: Patient and Community Empowerment

(p.41) 3 Participating in Health Decisions: Patient and Community Empowerment
Health and the Good Society

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This chapter focuses on one of the most important dimensions of the diffusion of the health agenda: the opening up of levels of ‘involvement’ in healthcare and policy. It reviews the nature and ethical significance of participation in both healthcare and health policy. It considers the relationship between participation at the levels of care and policy, including the relationship between people participating as patients and as citizens. The discussion is designed not only to highlight the central ethical importance of participation, but also to specify the reasons it falls far short of an ‘ethical panacea’. Participation has to be understood as only one element in a complex nexus of competing healthcare goods.

Keywords:   healthcare, health policy, health agenda, participation, patients, citizen

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