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Patient participation cannot guarantee empowerment

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 18 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:783
  1. Sharon Saint Lamont, PhD student (
  1. Department of Primary Health Care, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4HH

    EDITOR—Much has been written about the importance of participation in community health projects and the benefits of participatory processes for patients and the local population generally. Becoming an equal partner in the decisions that affect the health of individual people and communities is the ideal constantly trumpeted by many professionals in health and social care, as well as being raised in the eBMJ.1 But how …

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