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Healthc Manage Forum. 2008 Autumn;21(3):24-8.

Deciding whether to engage the public on health care issues.

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Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, Canada.


Health care decision-makers often face calls for greater public participation or see increasing public engagement as part of their organizational mandate. This article identifies six questions decision-makers must consider when deciding whether to formally engage the public or other stakeholders around a particular health care issue. These questions focus on (1) the clarity of the issue for public engagement, (2) the appropriateness of the issue for public engagement, (3) the extent to which there are viable options, (4) the role for the public, (5) whether the public likely want to be involved and (6) consideration of the expected advantages and disadvantages of public engagement.

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