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References for ethics and telecare

References for ethics and telecare

For more information on telecare and technology refer to the following publications:

  • Baldwin, C. (2006) Reflections on ethics, dementia and technology. in Woolham, J. (ed), (2006) Assistive Technology in dementia care. Hawker publications
    This chapter discusses some of the underlying philosophical and ethical issues regarding technology per se and its application in the field of dementia care.
  • Bjorneby, S., Topo, P. & Holthe, T. (1999) Technology, Ethics and Dementia: a guidebook on how to apply technology in dementia care. Norwegian Centre for Dementia Research. (available in English from Dementia Services Development Centre, University of Stirling)
    This is a guidebook for carers and professionals, it aims to support the procedures of discussing, choosing and implementing technology for people with dementia. Ethical dilemmas are outlined and procedural guidelines described. Case studies are presented and useful assessment tools provided.
  • HMSO (2005) The Mental Capacity Act Available from: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2005/9/contents The Mental Capacity Act governs decision-making on behalf of adults, where they lose mental capacity at some point in their lives or where the incapacitating condition has been present since birth. The Act received Royal Assent on 7 April 2005 and came into force during 2007.
  • McCreadie, C. and Tinker, A. (2005) The acceptability of assistive technology to older people. Ageing and Society, 25, 1, pp 91-110
  • Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland (2005) Safe to wander? [Accessed 18th May 2009]
    Principles and guidance on good practice in caring for residents with dementia and related disorders where consideration is being given to the use of wandering technologies in care homes and hospitals.
  • Social care institute for excellance (2010) SCIE Report 30: Ethical issues in the use of telecare. Available from https://www.scie.org.uk/publications/ataglance/ataglance24.asp [Accessed 4th March 2015]
  • Wey, S. (2007) The ethical use of assistive technology. Available from: https://www.atdementia.org.uk/editorial.asp?page_id=47
    A comprehensive guide to the ethical issues surrounding the use of assistive technology in dementia care. Contains guidelines and links to further resources.

Further sources of information


Two EC funded projects on technology and dementia considered the ethical implications of introducing technology into the lives of individuals with dementia. These were the:
  1. The ASTRID Guide (A Social and Technological Response to meeting the needs of Individuals with Dementia and their carers) (2000);
  2. The ENABLE project (2004)

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