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Care at a distance: on the closeness of technology

Care at a distance: on the closeness of technology

Pols, J. (Jeannette), 1966- author

"This widely researched study demonstrates convincingly that neither grandiose promises nor nightmare scenarios have much to do with actual care practices employing telecare. Combining detailed ethnographic studies of nurses and patients involved in telecare with a broad theoretical framework from various disciplines, the author concludes that these practices leads to more rather than less intense caring relations, resulting from a spectacular raise in the frequency of contacts between nurses and patients. Patients are much taken with this, not because they feel they are finally able to manage themselves, but because they can 'leave things to the experts'. The patients find that caring is something that is best done for others. 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"--Publisher's description

eBook, Paperback, Electronic resource, Book. English. Electronic books.
Published Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press 2012

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Statement of responsibility: Jeannette Pols
ISBN: 9048513014, 9048516293, 9789048513017, 9789048516292, 9789089643971
Note: Online resource; title from PDF title page (OAPEN, viewed July 18, 2016).
Note: Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Language note: English.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (204 pages) : illustrations.
Series: Care & welfare
Subject: Medical Informatics.; Health Care Facilities, Manpower, and Services.; Information technology; Pubilc administration; Society and social sciences.; Medicine; MEDICAL Holistic Medicine.; Medical profession.; Public administration.; Telemedicine methods.; Telemedicine.; Health Services Administration.; SOCIAL SCIENCE General.; Medical informatics.; Telecommunications.; Information Science.; Informatics.; Health Services.; Medical ethics and professional conduct.; Telecommunication in medicine.; Home care services Technological innovations 21st century.; Patient Care Management.; Delivery of Health Care.; HEALTH & FITNESS Holism.; Telecommunication in medicine 21st century.; Medicine: general issues.; Medical ethics.; Computing and information technology.; Patient Care.; Therapeutics.; Communications Media.; MEDICAL Atlases.; Medicine.; Politics and government.; Nursing Care.; Community health services Administration 21st century.; MEDICAL Osteopathy.; Health Occupations.; MEDICAL Essays.; MEDICAL Family & General Practice.; Home care services Technological innovations.; MEDICAL Alternative Medicine.; Analytical, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques and Equipment.; Telecommunication in medicine Utilization 21st century.; HEALTH & FITNESS Reference.; Disciplines and Occupations.; Community health services Administration.
Series Title: Care & welfare.


  1. Nightmares, promises and efficiencies in care and research
  2. Part I

    1. Norms and nightmares.
    2. Caring devices: about warm hands, cold technology and making things fit
    3. The heart of the matter: good nursing at a distance
  3. Part II

    1. Knowledge and promises.
    2. Caring for the self? Enacting problems, solutions and forms of knowledge
    3. Knowing patients: on practical knowledge for living with chronic disease
  4. Part III

    1. Routines and efficiencies.
    2. Zooming in on webcams: on the workings of a modest technology
    3. Economies of care: new routines, new tasks
    4. Conclusions on studying innovation.
    5. Innovating care innovation
  5. Appendix

    1. Projects studied for this book.