Health authorities use panels to gather public opinion

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7013.1168c (Published 28 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1168
  1. T Dowswell,
  2. R J Lilford,
  3. S Harrison,
  4. K Mcharg
  1. Research fellow Professor of obstetrics Senior lecturer in policy studies Market research officer Institute of Epidemiology and Health Services Research, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9LN

    EDITOR,--Whether the public should be explicitly involved in decisions about health care is thesubject of debate. Some researchers have found that members of the public are reluctant to state aview1 or prefer decisions about the allocation of health resources to be made by doctors.2 The debates that have beguntotake place over the rationing of health care2 have, however,made the issue more open, and many people believe that the public can no longer be allowed to remain ignorant of decisions that concern them.

    One of the ways in which health …

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