Speaking for Patients and Carers: Health Consumer Groups and the Policy Process

Speaking for Patients and Carers: Health Consumer Groups and the Policy Process


By (author) Rob Baggott, By (author) Judith Allsop, By (author) Kathryn Jones

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 216mm x 20mm | 445g
  • Publication date: 11 November 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 0333968298
  • ISBN 13: 9780333968291
  • Sales rank: 1,631,128

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Draws on original research and is based on a theoreticaly framework teaken from sociology and politics. It examines health consumer groups in the context of specifc conditions. It also analyses their interaction with governement, health professionals and the media and assesses their impact on policy.

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Author information

ROB BAGGOTT is Professor of Public Policy and director of the Health Policy Research Unit at De Montfort University, UK. JUDITH ALLSOP is Professor of Health Policy at De Montfort University, UK. KATHRYN JONES is a Research Fellow in the Department of Public Policy at De Montfort University, UK.

Review quote

'The book is easy to read and well worth the time for any healthcare professional or policymaker, and indeed even politicians interested in health. The book is well outlinedand proceeds in a straightforward and logical manner, with an excellent summary of each chapter...' - Daniel Longo, Health Expections 'An important book, written in a clear and accessible way by academics who have been working in this area for some time, it should be of interest to policy makers and academic health policy analysts as it provides the first detailed picture of the working of health groups in the UK and their influence on health policy.' - Michael Calnan, Social Policy

Table of contents

Introduction Health Care Politics and the Policy Process: Concepts, Theories and Models The Policy Context The Condition Areas Health Consumer Groups: Formation and Characteristics Health Consumer Groups: Social and Political Resources Networks, Informal and Formal Alliances Collaboration with Health Professionals The Pharmaceutical Industry Working with Government Working with Parliament Working with the Media Conclusion: Speaking for Patients and Carers Appendix 1: Methodology Appendix 2: List of Interview Groups End Notes