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Participatory Conference

13th & 14th September 2010

The conference was held in the beautiful World Heritage site Casa de la Convalescencia, BARCELONA

What counts as care?   Who designs, who decides? 

Changing spaces of care

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 provided time and space for critical exploration of these issues by practitioners, system users, scholars and policymakers concerned with ageing and technology. Over two days, we exchanged experiences and debated 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 consisted of plenary and workshop discussions organised around three main themes:

What counts as care?   Who designs, who decides? 

Changing spaces of care

Follow this link to see the presentations:

Each section began with a brief presentation from the EFORTT Project which acted as a frame within which guest speakers responded and offered their own perspectives, leading to a general debate about each topic. Workgroup discussions then enabled diverse experiences and proposals to emerge, each day closed with a ‘summary of the day'. At the end of the conference rapporteurs summed up the different proposals and priorities for future action on telecare in Europe.

These syntheses are being drawn together in a report to be circulated later to all participants.

pplenary session

Plenary Session

Prof Dick Willems with rapporteurs Dr Elham Kashefi, Louis Neven, Prof Maureen McNeil

organiser and delegate

Visit to the chapel of Casa de la Convalasencia

Blanca Callen (Conference organiser) and delegate.

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