Current health policy places an emphasis on the greater involvement of health service users and carers in all aspects of their care, including planning, provision and evaluation.
However, the focus is usually on 'after the event' accounts - i.e. when individuals have become consumers of health care services.
There is little patient involvement in 'before the event' experiences such as planning to meet health care needs, or in the training of health care practitioners.
This book fills that gap, and meets a growing demand for educational approaches that address the perspectives of patients and carers.