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Digital technologies as truthbearers in healthcare

Digital technologies as truthbearers in healthcare
Digital technologies as truthbearers in healthcare
In this paper we explore the idea of digital technologies as truth-bearers in healthcare, and argue that devices like SenseCam, which facilitate reflection and memory recall, have a potentially vital role in healthcare situations when questions of veracity are at stake (e.g. when best interest decisions are being made). We discuss the role of digital technologies as truth-bearers in the context of nursing people with dementia, as this is one area of healthcare in which the topic of truth-telling has been hotly debated. People with dementia have been excluded from research studies and decisions that affect their lives because they are not regarded as truth-bearers – that is, as being capable of giving truthful accounts of their experiences. Also, considerable research has focused on the ethics of lying to and deceiving people with dementia. Given their increasing prominence in healthcare settings, there has been surprisingly little discussion of what role digital technologies might play in relation to these questions of truth and deception. Drawing on theories from science and technology studies (STS) we explore their possible future role in some of the truth-making processes of healthcare. In particular, we discuss the potential value of and constraints on use of SenseCam to support the accounts of people with dementia as part of their care.
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Bartlett, Ruth
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Balmer, Andrew
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Bartlett, Ruth
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Bartlett, Ruth, Balmer, Andrew and Brannelly, Tula (2017) Digital technologies as truthbearers in healthcare. [in special issue: Technology, Health Care and Person centeredness] Nursing Philosophy, 18 (1), 1-8. (doi:10.1111/nup.12161).

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In this paper we explore the idea of digital technologies as truth-bearers in healthcare, and argue that devices like SenseCam, which facilitate reflection and memory recall, have a potentially vital role in healthcare situations when questions of veracity are at stake (e.g. when best interest decisions are being made). We discuss the role of digital technologies as truth-bearers in the context of nursing people with dementia, as this is one area of healthcare in which the topic of truth-telling has been hotly debated. People with dementia have been excluded from research studies and decisions that affect their lives because they are not regarded as truth-bearers – that is, as being capable of giving truthful accounts of their experiences. Also, considerable research has focused on the ethics of lying to and deceiving people with dementia. Given their increasing prominence in healthcare settings, there has been surprisingly little discussion of what role digital technologies might play in relation to these questions of truth and deception. Drawing on theories from science and technology studies (STS) we explore their possible future role in some of the truth-making processes of healthcare. In particular, we discuss the potential value of and constraints on use of SenseCam to support the accounts of people with dementia as part of their care.

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Accepted/In Press date: 9 October 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 23 November 2016
Published date: January 2017
Organisations: Faculty of Health Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 401447
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/401447
ISSN: 1466-7681
PURE UUID: 7d53f851-a896-4557-bb46-d2311e2a07b5
ORCID for Ruth Bartlett: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3412-2300

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Date deposited: 17 Oct 2016 13:32
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 12:31

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