In Care at a Distance: On the Closeness of Technology the autor demonstrates that actual care practices employing telecare do not resemble the hopes of the industry and policy makers, nor the nightmares of ethicists. The detailed ethnographic studies of pioneering telecare practices show how nurses and patients re-shape care when they start using telecare devices. The book frames urgent questions about the future of telecare and the ways in which innovative care practices can be built on facts rather than hopes, hypes or nightmares. This title is available in the OAPEN Library - http://www.oapen.org.
Care at a Distance - 2 Contents - 6 1 Introduction - 12 Part I Norms and nightmares - 24 2 Caring devices - 26 3 The heart of the matter - 46 Part II Knowledge and promises - 62 4 Caring for the self? - 64 5 Knowing patients - 80 Part III Routines and efficiencies - 98 6 Zooming in on webcams - 100 7 Economies of care - 116 Conclusions On studying innovation - 134 8 Innovating care innovation - 136 Acknowledgements - 154 Appendix: Projects studied for this book - 158 Notes - 162 References - 182 Index of names - 198 Index of subjects - 200