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Making and Unmaking Telepatients: identity and governance in new care technologies

Mort, Margaret and Finch, Tracy and May, Carl (2009) Making and Unmaking Telepatients: identity and governance in new care technologies. Science Technology and Human Values, 34 (1). pp. 9-33. ISSN 0162-2439

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Abstract

The emergence of the field of health care at a distance, or 'telehealth', has been embedded within discourses of high ambition about health improvement, seamless services, empowerment, and independence for patients. In this article, the authors examine how telehealthcare technologies assume certain forms of patients-or 'telepatients'-who can be mobilized and combined with images and artifacts that speak for them in the clinical encounter. Second, a tentative intervention is made in these emerging identities in the form of facilitating some alternative discourses about telehealthcare. The aim is to stimulate debate by presenting and contrasting these different approaches to technology development. Such differences take material and discursive shape in the making and unmaking of telepatients, showing important interferences in the shaping of identity and possibilities for governance and participation.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Science Technology and Human Values
Uncontrolled Keywords: identity ; interference ; Innovation ; governance ; Patients
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Medicine
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 55305
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 21 Jun 2012 14:41
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2013 08:33
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/55305

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