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Smart Homes, Older Adults, and Caregivers: Facilitating social acceptance and negotiating responsibilities [RESOURCE]
Third-party funded project
Project title Smart Homes, Older Adults, and Caregivers: Facilitating social acceptance and negotiating responsibilities [RESOURCE]
Principal Investigator(s) Wangmo, Tenzin
Co-Investigator(s) Roulet Schwab, Delphine
Project Members Felber, Nadine
Tian, Yi Jiao
Organisation / Research unit Ethik / Bio- und Medizinethik (Elger)
Department Ethik / Bio- und Medizinethik (Elger)
Project start 01.01.2020
Probable end 31.12.2023
Status Completed

The Swiss older adult population, aged 65 years or older, stands at 18%, representing 1.5 million older persons in the country. The demographic challenges brought mostly by an ageing population imply that the old-age dependency ratio is a major concern. The increasing number of older adults mean more healthcare demands, greater healthcare costs, and high caregiving burden. Our society today faces a difficult situation where we find it hard to address the needs of the rising number of older persons. One of the proposed solutions to remedy this alarming situation is smart home health technology. These technologies could help decrease costs of maintaining older people and securing their safety both at home and in institutions. However, many social and ethical issues have been raised with the use of such technologies, amongst others, informed consent/autonomy, privacy, data safety, gaps in information and support about use and access to smart home technologies; and fears that such technology may replace the much needed human contact. To the best of our knowledge, little is known on how the Swiss population views the acceptance of smart home health technologies for elder care.

Thus our project, RESOURCE, will critically evaluate the knowledge, willingness, and concerns associated with the use of smart home technologies in the care of older persons, particularly, the ethical and social concerns. The project has three specific objectives and uses mixed-method approach coupled with normative-empirical analysis. Module 1 includes qualitative methods where we will first capture the knowledge, attitudes, and wishes of the direct end-users (the older persons at home or in nursing homes) and their caregivers (both family members and healthcare professionals). Module 2 includes population survey based in the findings of the previous module and available literature to derive generalizable knowledge from the Swiss population. In this module we will gather representative data about the Swiss population’s knowledge, understanding, and acceptance of smart home solutions in the care of older persons. Furthermore, the key ethical and social findings from the above two modules will feed into our normative-empirical analysis (Module 3), where the goal is to refine recommendations evident from the empirical parts and adapts ethical frameworks proposed by other scholars to the realities of Switzerland.

Financed by Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

Published results ()

  ID Autor(en) Titel ISSN / ISBN Erschienen in Art der Publikation
4636916  Felber, Nadine Andrea; Pageau, Félix; McLean, Athena; Wangmo, Tenzin  The concept of social dignity as a yardstick to delimit ethical use of robotic assistance in the care of older persons.  1572-8633  Medicine, health care, and philosophy  Publication: JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift) 
4698143  Tian, Yi Jiao (Angelina); Jotterand, Fabrice; Wangmo, Tenzin  Remote Technologies and Filial Obligations at a Distance: New Opportunities and Ethical Challenges  1793-8759  ASIAN BIOETHICS REVIEW  Publication: JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift) 
4698148  Felber, Nadine Andrea; Tian, Yi Jiao (Angelina); Pageau, Felix; Elger, Bernice Simone; Wangmo, Tenzin  Mapping ethical issues in the use of smart home health technologies to care for older persons: a systematic review  1472-6939  BMC MEDICAL ETHICS  JournalItem (Kommentare, Editorials, Rezensionen, Urteilsanmerk., etc. in einer wissensch. Zeitschr. 

Cooperations ()

  ID Kreditinhaber Kooperationspartner Institution Laufzeit - von Laufzeit - bis
4614563  Wangmo, Tenzin  McLean, Athena, Prof.   Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant   01.01.2020  31.12.2023 
4614564  Wangmo, Tenzin  Roulet Schwab, Delphine, Prof.   La Source, School of Nursing, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western, Lausanne  01.01.2018  31.12.2023 
4614565  Wangmo, Tenzin  Vica, Constantin, Dr.  Bucharest University  01.01.2020  31.12.2023 
4614587  Wangmo, Tenzin  Perez-Uribe, Andres, Prof.  Haute École d'Ingénierie et de Gestion du Canton de Vaud, Yverdon-les-Bains  01.07.2020  31.12.2023 
4614588  Wangmo, Tenzin  Mugellini, Elena, Prof.   University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland, Fribourg   01.07.2020  31.12.2023 
4614589  Wangmo, Tenzin  Alavi, Hamed, Dr.  University of Fribourg  01.07.2020  31.12.2023 

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