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Citizens’ Juries: When Older Adults Deliberate on the Benefits and Risks of Smart Health and Smart Homes

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Division of Rehabilitation, Ageing and Wellbeing, School of Medicine, The University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2TU, UK
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KMB Consulting, Nottingham NG4 3LH, UK
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Horizon Digital Research Institute, The University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2TU, UK
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Human Factors Research Group, The University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK
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Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology, School of Medicine, The University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2TU, UK
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NIHR BRC Mental Health, The University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2TU, UK
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Healthcare 2019, 7(2), 54; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare7020054
Received: 28 February 2019 / Revised: 25 March 2019 / Accepted: 27 March 2019 / Published: 1 April 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Creating Age-friendly Communities: Housing and Technology)
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Abstract

Background: Technology-enabled healthcare or smart health has provided a wealth of products and services to enable older people to monitor and manage their own health conditions at home, thereby maintaining independence, whilst also reducing healthcare costs. However, despite the growing ubiquity of smart health, innovations are often technically driven, and the older user does not often have input into design. The purpose of the current study was to facilitate a debate about the positive and negative perceptions and attitudes towards digital health technologies. Methods: We conducted citizens’ juries to enable a deliberative inquiry into the benefits and risks of smart health technologies and systems. Transcriptions of group discussions were interpreted from a perspective of life-worlds versus systems-worlds. Results: Twenty-three participants of diverse demographics contributed to the debate. Views of older people were felt to be frequently ignored by organisations implementing systems and technologies. Participants demonstrated diverse levels of digital literacy and a range of concerns about misuse of technology. Conclusion: Our interpretation contrasted the life-world of experiences, hopes, and fears with the systems-world of surveillance, efficiencies, and risks. This interpretation offers new perspectives on involving older people in co-design and governance of smart health and smart homes. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart health; older people; co-design; digital life-world; smart cities smart health; older people; co-design; digital life-world; smart cities
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Chadborn, N.H.; Blair, K.; Creswick, H.; Hughes, N.; Dowthwaite, L.; Adenekan, O.; Pérez Vallejos, E. Citizens’ Juries: When Older Adults Deliberate on the Benefits and Risks of Smart Health and Smart Homes. Healthcare 2019, 7, 54.

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