Patient Power?: The Politics of Patients' Associations in Britain and America

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There is a rapidly growing number of patients'' associations relating to a specific medical condition or illness (such as multiple sclerosis or motor neurone disease) but they have received little academic attention. Bruce Wood has surveyed over 200 of these associations in each of the USA and the UK. They have been marginalized in accounts of health policy and services and yet collectively they are ''big business''. They perceive themselves as being non-political support groups but they actually participate in much activity that is political.

This is a ground-breaking study in health policy and management, and will be important reading for scholars, students and professionals and, in particular, for those involved in running patient organizations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335203680
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
  • Publication date: 6/28/2000
  • Series: State of Health Ser.
  • Pages: 214

Meet the Author

Bruce Wood has been in the Department of Government at Manchester University since 1968, and is currently Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Social Studies. His previous books have been on the 1974 reforms of local government, on public policy-working in Britain, and on the regulation of doctors in the UK, USA and Germany. He chaired a health authority from 1989-1996 and serves on the board of his local hospice.

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Table of Contents

Series editor's preface

Part one: Methodology and Findings

Why study patients' association politics?
Approach, methods and sources

Part two: The national level

Exploding numbers
Activities and finances
The political economy of patients' associations efficiency and effectiveness
The political effectiveness of patients' associations

Part three: Comparing conurbations

The organizational context
St. Louis, USA
local strength?
Greater Manchester, UK
local weakness?

Part four: Conclusions

Conclusions patients' associations, politics, states and democracy

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