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Alzheimer Europe Report: "The ethical issues linked to the use of assistive technology in dementia care" launched

Tuesday 07 December 2010

During the European lunch debate hosted by Nessa Childers, MEP, (Ireland), the Alzheimer Europe Report entitled “The ethical issues linked to the use of assistive technology in dementia care” was launched.

 

This publication examines the ethical issues linked to the use of assistive technology (AT) for/by people with dementia. A brief overview is provided of the three main issues of importance, namely dementia, assistive technology and ethics. This is followed by a discussion of the various ethical issues linked to the use of AT (based on an extensive review of literature) which addresses not only possible disadvantages but also looks at the positive implications of the use of AT and how it can contribute towards respecting certain ethical principles with regard to people with dementia. Alzheimer Europe presents its position and guidelines on the ethical use of AT for/by people with dementia and proposes an ethical framework for decision making. This publication is targeted at a wide audience including people with dementia, carers, health and social care professionals, service providers, AT designers, researchers and policy makers.

 

The Report, which has 126 pages, can be purchased from the Alzheimer Europe website (http://www.alzheimer-europe.org/EN/Publications/Alzheimer-Europe-Reports) and costs EUR 5.00 plus EUR 4.20 p&p.

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