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Technologized Talk: Wearable Technologies, Patient Agency, and Medical Communication in Healthcare Settings

Technologized Talk: Wearable Technologies, Patient Agency, and Medical Communication in Healthcare Settings
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Author(s): Erin Trauth (High Point University, High Point, USA) and Ella R. Browning (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 30
Source title: Research Anthology on Improving Health Literacy Through Patient Communication and Mass Media
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-2414-8.ch031

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Abstract

In this study, the authors examine patient use of and feelings about wearable technologies for health attainment and management. Based on an online survey of 81 patients using wearable technologies to track and manage health, as well as interviews with three patients utilizing wearables for health management, the authors examine how wearable technologies are being used by patients to attain health, manage health, and/or prevent health issues, and what value users find in these wearable technologies. The authors also examine how such use is impacting communication between medical professionals and patients. Specifically, the authors explore how the inclusion of wearable technologies has changed the “rhetorical relationship” between patients and medical professionals. The study concludes with a discussion of the future of wearable devices in patient-medical practitioner relationships and clinical settings.

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