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Welfare Reform on the Web (May 2012): Social care - UK - community care

Ethical issues around telecare: the views of people with intellectual disabilities and people with dementia

J. Perry and S. Beyer

Journal of Assistive Technologies, vol. 6, 2012, p. 71-75

Successive government policy documents have attached increased importance to the role of telecare in health and social care. At the same time attention has been drawn to the ethical issues around the use of telecare with people with dementia and people with intellectual disabilities. As assistive technology and telecare are poised to become part of mainstream social care in the UK it is crucial that we do not lose sight of these ethical issues. This brief report describes the results of a series of focus groups with people with dementia and people with intellectual disabilities held as part of a larger project to develop an ethical code of practice for the use of telecare. People receiving telecare had strong opinions on the related ethical issues and it is important that these views are heard.

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