By Kevin Teasdale
Advocacy in overall healthiness Care offers a research-based framework for advocacy that may be used as a advisor to daily scientific perform. It discusses tips on how to converse out on behalf of sufferers and consumers in addition to the right way to empower them to talk out for themselves. the most subject matters are illustrated with case-study examples from common hospitals and group settings, in addition to from the fields of studying disabilities and psychological health and wellbeing. This publication will attract scholars, certified pros and self sustaining advocates operating with sufferers and consumers in the health-care procedure, together with nurses, medical professionals, social staff and people in professions allied to medication.
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This very freedom from paying for services has the side effect of encouraging yet greater passivity and dependence. In a consumer society the requirement to pay brings with it legally enforceable rights of choice and complaint about the quality of goods and services supplied. It is much harder to enforce these rights when payment is through general taxation or an insurance company. The Issue of Trust These arguments offer at least a partial explanation of the tendency of patients to be reluctant to criticise or complain about the health care Page 6 services which they receive, leaving them vulnerable and dependent on the goodwill of the professionals.
Page 21 Chapter 3 Types of Advocacy The discussion so far has centred on advocacy by professionals on behalf of patients. However, this is not the only type of advocacy. Among the different types listed by Gates (1994) are self-advocacy, citizen advocacy and collective advocacy. This chapter begins by outlining each of these three types and then goes on to explore the comparison with advocacy by health care professionals. Self-Advocacy In self-advocacy people are encouraged to speak up for themselves, thus bringing about an element of self-empowerment, that is, people speaking for themselves rather than having an advocate speak for them.
I hope that one of its strengths will be found in the series of genuine case histories of everyday advocacy which are used to illustrate the main points. However, it is also a weakness that these case histories are not truly representative. I collected them over several years through interviews and written questionnaires but, being a nurse myself, I had much easier access to nursing staff than to other professional groups or independent advocates. I believe that most of the learning points from the examples generalise perfectly well to the work of other groups, but I must apologise that too few of these are included in the case histories.
Advocacy in Health Care by Kevin Teasdale