Actors, patients and agency: a recent history

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This article examines the history of patients’ behaviour since the middle of the 20th century. It describes a number of strategies that have served to encourage patients to exercise increasingly autonomous behaviour. The effect has been to instil a sense of agency in previously passive patients.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-174
Number of pages12
JournalSociology of Health and Illness
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014


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