Digital care at home : exploring the role of smart consumer devices
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In-home ‘smart’ consumer devices such as voice assistants, doorbells, thermostats, and lightbulbs have been advocated by organisations in the UK such as the RNIB, Alzheimer Scotland, and the NHS. Yet the use of these devices, which are not purposely designed as care devices and therefore are not subject to evaluation and regulation, has been neglected in the academic literature. This paper reports on a study which examined 135 Amazon reviews of 5 ‘top-selling’ smart devices, concluding that such devices are being used to supplement informal caring, albeit in different ways. The implications of this phenomena are necessary to consider, specifically the consequences for ‘caring webs’ and expectations about the future role of digital devices within the landscape of informal caring.
Reid , L A & Sisel , G 2023 , ' Digital care at home : exploring the role of smart consumer devices ' , Health & Place , vol. 80 , 102961 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2022.102961
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DescriptionFunding: Royal Society of Edinburgh (62651), Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland (RIG008250), University of St Andrews (StARIS).
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