Patient Groups and the Construction of the Patient-Consumer in Britain: An Historical Overview.


Mold, A; (2010) Patient Groups and the Construction of the Patient-Consumer in Britain: An Historical Overview. Journal of social policy, 39 (4). pp. 505-521. ISSN 0047-2794 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0047279410000231

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Abstract

This article presents an historical overview of the changing meaning of the patient-consumer, and specifically the role played by patient groups in constructing the patient as consumer. It is argued that patient groups were central to the formation of the patient-consumer, but as health consumerism was taken on by the state, they lost control of this figure. Competing understandings of what it meant to be a patient-consumer developed, a shift that raises further questions about the unity of claims made in the name of the patient-consumer.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Social and Environmental Health Research
Research Centre: Centre for History in Public Health
PubMed ID: 20798768
Web of Science ID: 282490800001
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/3099

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