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Advocacy(1) The process of actively supporting the cause of, speaking or writing in favour of, or defending or interceding on behalf of a person (case advocacy) or group (class advocacy). Advocacy may include providing information and tools for self-empowerment in patients’ health and social care, and helping them obtain needed services.
(2) Action to assure the best possible services for or intervention in the service system on behalf of an individual or group.
advocacy(ad′vŏ-kă-sē) [Fr. fr. L. advocare, to call to aid]
In health care, pleading or representation for a desired goal or interest group (e.g., patients, staff, providers, or biomedical researchers).