What is the point of citizen participation in health-care?

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Does citizen participation in health care planning and provision have a clear purpose? Can it reasonably be considered a unified phenomenon? Current conceptual accounts – including a range of typologies descended from Arnstein's ubiquitous but misunderstood ‘ladder of participation’ – are inadequate. The popularity of citizen participation belies fundamental uncertainties about what it entails and its associated benefits. A more pragmatic and less normative usage of the term is vital for the future.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-126
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Health Services Research & Policy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2013


  • citizen participation in health
  • citizen participation
  • ladder of participation
  • policy making
  • public participation


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