health activism

health activism

A stance of political advocacy and active involvement by patients and their supporters in healthcare organisations and financing agencies in furthering research and broadening funding for a particular medical condition.

Examples
AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, breast cancer, lung cancer.
 
Pros
Health activism may result in increased research funding for the condition of interest.
 
Cons
Health activism may alienate healthcare allies (i.e., physicians, health policy makers, scientists) by advocating for unproven and cost-prohibitive therapies at the price of reduced funding for more effective programmes or basic research.
References in periodicals archive ?
The primary goal of much visible mental health activism became "raising awareness", and it completely dominated the media: Articles, books, TV shows all firmly focused on the idea of breaking down stigma.
Indirect Action: Schizophrenia, Epilepsy, AIDS, and the Course of Health Activism
And as a medical sociologist, I have worked in tandem with the Network on women's health activism, lobbying the Food and Drug Administration to block the rush for the next female Viagra.
The Victory Community Health Centre in Nelson features in the text as a case study of community health activism.
1) A review of health activism in Tamil Nadu from the 1980s onwards demonstrates how activism that explicitly made the connection between the health of the individual body and mobilising for a more just social order has had the greatest continuity and reach.
Health activism is a growing area of interest for many who work to improve health, nationally and internationally, because it offers a more direct approach to achieving lasting social and political change.
In this book, health activism is seen as a legitimate approach to the way health programs are delivered.
As Thomas notes, the role of health activism and health policy in the history of the civil rights movement has been largely overlooked by scholars.
REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH activism tends to focus on one issue at a time.
Health activism in Cape Town: A case sudy of the Health Workers Society.
As a feminist text, Davis posits that OBOS is intentionally structured to create embodied, critical, situated readers prepared to participate in the politics of knowledge production and ultimately feminist health activism.
Effective use of community arts in health activism entails the synergistic adaptation of social epidemiology principles and strategically conceptualised and disseminated works of art to change adverse public perception about a health problem, improve disease control, enhance positive self- image among people affected, and promote community health.
Full browser ?