Key Concepts in Public Health identifies fifty key concepts used across the discipline of public health in order to give the reader a broad perspective of the core topics relevant to training and practice. From epidemiology to health promotion, and ethics to leadership, the book offers an exciting guide to the multiprofessional field. Each entry features a snapshot definition of the concept, a broader discussion addressing the main issues and links to practice, key points relevant to the entry, case studies to illustrate the application to practice, and examples of further reading.

User Involvement and Influence

User Involvement and Influence

User involvement and influence
EdwardAndersson, and Walid ElAnsari


Despite its importance in healthcare there is no established shared definition of user involvement. User involvement can be interpreted as a wide range of activities, from the involvement of patients in individual treatment decisions and regimes, through patient consultation to the lobbying of collective organisations to influence health policy decisions (Andersson et al., 2006). Public involvement is the involvement of people in their wider role as citizens in healthcare decision-making. User involvement is the involvement of people in their role as current or future patients. In theory the former is motivated by the greater good as represented by health commissioning decisions, whereas the latter is taken to be motivated more by self-interest, aimed at improving ...

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