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This is the first international and inter-disciplinary social science Handbook on health and medicine. Five years in the making, and building on the insights and advice of an international editorial board, the book brings together world-class figures to provide an indispensable, comprehensive resource book on social science, health and medicine. Pinpointing the focal issues of research and debate in one volume, the material is organized into three sections: social and cultural frameworks of analysis; the experience of health and illness; and health care systems and practices. Each section consists of specially commissioned chapters designed to examine the vital conceptual and methodological practice and policy issues.

Consumer and Community Participation: A Reassessment of Process, Impact, and Value
Consumer and community participation: A reassessment of process, impact, and value
Introduction

Citizen participation has been a recurrent theme in health-care policy, planning, and organization since the heady days of popular protest and community action in the 1960s. It has advanced in waves, surging with optimism with each new policy endeavor and sinking in disillusionment before the next. It has emerged in a multitude of different of forms: direct participation on decision-making boards and local councils, various levels and forms of public consultation, resource mobilization strategies such as partnerships between lay and public agencies, and indirect forms of participation such as needs or satisfaction surveys. What these diverse activities share in common is not obvious, but ...

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