Speaking up for ourselves. The evolution of consumer advocacy in health care

Int J Technol Assess Health Care. Winter 1998;14(1):3-23. doi: 10.1017/s0266462300010485.


Forces from communities and from health care are pushing toward more consumer involvement in health care internationally. This article addresses the philosophies and rationales behind this trend and traces the history and development of consumer advocacy in health care.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Community Participation
  • Consumer Advocacy*
  • Consumer Organizations
  • Delivery of Health Care / trends*
  • Developing Countries
  • Europe
  • Humans
  • Quality of Health Care
  • United States