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Examining Health Care: What’s the Public’s Prescription? Results from Citizen Forums (NIF Report)

This 2004 Kettering Foundation report about public forums held using the National Issues Forums (NIF) issue discussion guide Examining Health Care: What’s the Public’s Prescription? was prepared by Paul Werth Associates.  The findings in the report are derived from some 40 deliberative forums held in various locations around the country.  The report also includes an analysis of 1,027 post-forum surveys that were completed by forum participants. Find more details & order info on the NIF website. From the report…

Three key themes resonated throughout the forums. These themes, described below, are organized according to the order in which they were discussed.

  1. Citizens Are Frustrated by the Lack of Action to Improve the Health Care System
  2. Citizens Want an Ombudsman to Help Them Navigate the System
  3. Citizens Suggest Rewarding Healthy Behavior and Penalizing Unhealthy Behavior

More about National Issues Forums and their Reports on the Issues…

The National Issues Forums (NIF) network includes civic, educational, and other organizations, and individuals, whose common interest is to promote public deliberation in America. NIF issue guides introduce participants to several choices or approaches to consider. Rather than conforming to any single public proposal, each choice reflects widely held concerns and principles. Panels of experts review manuscripts to make sure the choices are presented accurately and fairly. Look through all the NIF issue guides and their corresponding moderator guides, DVDs, and other resources at www.nifi.org/issue_books.

Reports are published periodically to communicate the outcomes of forums held across the nation about a particular issue. Making use of participants’ answers to forum questionnaires, reports from moderators, and in-depth studies of selected forums, these reports describe in some detail what happened as people deliberated about the issue at hand. View all NIF Reports on the Issues at www.nifi.org/reports/issues.aspx.

Resource Link: www.nifi.org/reports/detail_issues.aspx?catID=17&itemID=2357

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