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Ethical Frameworks for Telecare Technologies for older people at home (EFORTT)

EFORTT LogoEFORTT 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.

Project Co-ordinator

Maggie Mort
Department of Sociology and Lancaster Medical School
Lancaster University

Will the sensors look after us?

Have your say on the EFORTT AgeUK blog


EC Project Officer

Lino Paula


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