Health Care Analysis

, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 385–404

A Declaration of Healthy Dependence: The Case of Home Care

Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10728-012-0228-x

Cite this article as:
Palm, E. Health Care Anal (2014) 22: 385. doi:10.1007/s10728-012-0228-x


Aging populations have become a major concern in the developed world and are expected to require novel care strategies. Public policies, health-care regimes and technology developers alike stress the need for a more individualized care to meet the increased demand for care services in response to demographic change. Increasingly, care services are offered to individuals with diseases and or disabilities in their homes by means of Personalized Health-Monitoring (PHM) technologies. PHM-based home care is typically portrayed as the key to a cost-effective future care that better can accommodate the needs of an aging population and promote care recipients’ independence. In light of the emerging technology-based home care, this article sets forth to investigate the significance and implications of a strong emphasis on independence in relation to this novel care form. Notions of independence as used by care planners, care providers and technology developers are examined in relation to ICT-based home care and the reasonableness of independence as an aim for future health-care is critically discussed. In conclusion, the need for a shift from a strong emphasis on independence to a right to healthy dependence is advocated.


DependenceFuture health-careHome careHealth-monitoring technologyIndependenceInterdependencePrivacySelf-careSelf-determinationSelf-relianceSelf-sufficiencySocial isolation

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Applied Ethics, House Ellen KeyLinköping UniversityLinköpingSweden