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Care Networking : a Study of Technical Mediations in a Home Telecare Service
Correa Moreira, Gonzalo (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Psicologia Social)
Domènech i Argemí, Miquel (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Psicologia Social)

Data: 2013
Resum: This article examines the processes of technical mediation within familial care networks based on a study of home telecare targeted at older people. upported by contributions from the actor—network theory as part of the social psychology of science and technology, these processes of technical mediation are analyzed using a qualitative approach. The data were gathered through six focus groups and four in-depth interviews; the participants in the study included users, relatives and formal carers. Thematic analysis techniques encompassing the information were used, revealing the effects on the patterns of caring relationships. The results show the interplay between presence-absence made possible by the devices; the two-way direction of care between the older people and the artifacts; and the process of sustaining care using the technology. We conclude that care should be seen as a socio-technical network where technology plays an active role in sustaining family relationships.
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Llengua: Anglès
Document: article ; recerca ; publishedVersion
Matèria: Older people ; Technical mediation ; Interdependence
Publicat a: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Vol. 10 (2013) , p. 3072-3088, ISSN 1660-4601

DOI: 10.3390/ijerph10073072

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