PROJECT NO : 217787
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Ethical Frameworks for Telecare Technologies for older people at home (EFORTT)
EFORTT is concerned with the social implications of ‘telecare’: remote care technologies worn, installed or embedded in the homes of older citizens. It addresses an ethical and democratic deficit in this field which has arisen due to a proliferation in research and development of advanced care technologies that has not been accompanied by sufficient consideration of their social context. In-depth qualitative research methods were used to gain understanding of ethical issues raised by telecare in practice. EFORTT also developed deliberative approaches to the making of remote care policy at a European level by separately recruiting citizens' panels of older people and carers in each partner's region. By convening these panels twice: early in the research to gain citizens views about care systems, and later to consider research findings from the project, we develop a ‘grounded’, critical ethical framework to assist European policymaking in this highly sensitive area.
EFORTT has received a contribution to funding of 783,084 Euros from EC FP7, SiS programme.
The project began in March 2008 and ended in February 2011.
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