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Involving Patients and the Public: How to do it Better
  1. R McDonald
  1. National Primary Care Research and Development Centre, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK;

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    R Chambers, C Drinkwater, E Boath. 2nd Edition. Oxon: Radcliffe Medical Press, 2003. £24.95. 220 pp. ISBN 1 85775 994 X

    This book adds to the burgeoning literature on the subject of patient and public involvement (PPI) in health care decision making. A pessimistic conclusion from this literature is that PPI is fraught with difficulty and makes little impact on the decision making process or outcomes. A more optimistic view is that past failures do not necessarily need to be repeated and that we can, as the subtitle of this book suggests, “do it better”. To illustrate this point the authors present …

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