Beyond Medical and Academic Agendas: Lay Perspectives and Priorities

  • Vivienne Walters McMaster University


One theme in the feminist literature on women and health concerns the social processes involved in the medicalization of women. Another major emphasis is on the social aetiology of disease. Neither of these approaches has emphasized women's own perspectives and priorities. In this article, the author outlines some neglected research issues and considers the role of medical, academic and lay perspectives in the formulation of policy.
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