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e-Health Technologies in Home Care Nursing: Recent Survey Results and Subsequent Ethical Issues

e-Health Technologies in Home Care Nursing: Recent Survey Results and Subsequent Ethical Issues
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Author(s): Hartmut Remmers (University of Osnabrück, Germany) and Manfred Hülsken-Giesler (University of Osnabrück, Germany)
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 25
Source title: User-Driven Healthcare: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2770-3.ch020

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Abstract

The innovative impact of advancing e-Health technologies is more frequently being discussed in nursing science. Nurses play an important role in collecting data and giving support to other users, especially in home care. Since issues of acceptance play a major role, the following article, which presents findings based on a focus group consisting of the elderly, caretaking relatives and professional nurses, is discussed from an ethical point of view in the context of international debate. It is interesting to note, that to some extent there is substantial ambivalence in the willingness to integrate such technologies into daily care. A need for technical assistance is clearly recognizable, however, limits as well. The authors’ findings indicate that a fundamental discussion on the relevance of e-Health methods in professional nursing needs to be held. It should address the ethical questions of often conflicting interests and rights (protection of identity, privacy and safety) in situations of high vulnerability.

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