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Efortt participatory conference

Date: 13 September 2010 Time: 13th - 14th September 2010

Venue: Barcelona


Casa de la Convalescencia, BARCELONA

Developments in telecare (the provision of health and social care at a distance) are rapidly evolving, with information and communication technologies (ICT) covering an increasing range of care practices. But are these interventions occurring in a social and ethical vacuum, as if they are neutral and value free? Should we not take time to consider the ethical and social implications of technological interventions for older citizens, caregivers and health-care systems? This conference provides a space for critical exploration of these issues by practitioners, system users, scholars and policymakers concerned with ageing and technology. Over two days, we will exchange experiences and debate the actual and possible consequences of telecare developments, for users, carers and health care systems in Europe. Drawing on the findings of the EC FP7 project EFORTT (Ethical Frameworks for Telecare Technologies for older people at home), the event will include plenary and workshop discussions organised around three main themes:What counts as care?Who designs, who decides? Changing spaces of care

Each theme will begin with a brief presentation from the EFORTT Project which will act as a frame within which guest-speakers will respond and offer their own perspective, leading to a general debate about the topic. Workgroup discussions then follow , closing with a 'summary of the day'. At the end of the conference rapporteurs will sum up the different proposals and priorities for future action on telecare in Europe to be drawn together in a written report circulated later to all participants.

The conference is free but registration is required. For further details see conference website.

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Who can attend: Anyone


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Organising departments and research centres: Sociology


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