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Advocacy for neurology: Local, regional, and national 

Advocacy for neurology: Local, regional, and national
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Advocacy for neurology: Local, regional, and national
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Apoorva Pauranik

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198796039.003.0013
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date: 22 October 2019

The spectrum of advocacy for neurology is very wide. This chapter aims to describe and analyse advocacy on the geographical or spatial axis—that is, advocacy at the local level (micro), regional level (meso), and national level (macro). These distinctions may appear arbitrary with hazy boundaries and many overlaps. Yet they serve a tangible purpose for the sake of our understanding. The first two main sections dwell upon (i) education and awareness at different levels and (ii) engagement with various institutions of government. The later three briefer sections cover (iii) role of patient support groups; (iv) roping in of charities, non-government organizations (NGOs), and celebrities; and finally (v) advocacy within our own professional associations. This chapter will cite examples of a wide variety of advocacy actions plans for neurology, so that more action plans can be conceived and executed at various levels. Another chapter of this book deals with advocacy at the international level (Chapter 14, ‘Advocacy in the international arena’). This chapter concludes with an emphasis on role of humanities as an aid in advocacy efforts, the need for a balance between vertical and horizontal approaches to healthcare, and the importance of research into efficacy of advocacy.

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