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Making the patient-consumer: Patient organisations and health consumerism in Britain

Alex Mold


Over the last fifty years, British patients have been made into consumers. This book considers how and why the figure of the patient-consumer was brought into being, paying particular attention to the role played by patient organisations. Making the Patient-Consumer explores the development of patient-consumerism from the 1960s to 2010 in relation to seven key areas. Patient autonomy, representation, complaint, rights, information, voice and choice were all central to the making of the patient-consumer. These concepts were used initially by patient organisations to construct the figure of the ... More

Keywords: History of medicine, Patient consumerism, Consumerism, Health consumerism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780719095313
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719095313.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alex Mold, author
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

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