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Consumer and professional standards: working towards consensus
  1. Charlotte Williamson, chair
  1. Consumers for Ethics in Research (CERES), P O Box 1365, London N16 0BW, UK
  1. Dr C Williamson, Dalby Old Rectory, Terrington, York YO60 6PF, UK charlotte{at}


Standards of treatment and care should be acceptable to healthcare consumers as well as to healthcare professionals. A simple categorisation of standards according to their acceptability to consumers is outlined. Professional/consumer groups which review and set standards are discussed, with emphasis on the principles of partnership. Working together towards consensus can be difficult but is now an important way forward.

  • healthcare professionals
  • healthcare consumers
  • consensus
  • standards

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