Health Care Analysis

, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 171–188 | Cite as

Who Cares? Moral Obligations in Formal and Informal Care Provision in the Light of ICT-Based Home Care

  • Elin PalmEmail author
Original Article


An aging population is often taken to require a profound reorganization of the prevailing health care system. In particular, a more cost-effective care system is warranted and ICT-based home care is often considered a promising alternative. Modern health care devices admit a transfer of patients with rather complex care needs from institutions to the home care setting. With care recipients set up with health monitoring technologies at home, spouses and children are likely to become involved in the caring process and informal caregivers may have to assist kin-persons with advanced care needs by means of sophisticated technology. This paper investigates some of the ethical implications of a near-future shift from institutional care to technology-assisted home care and the subsequent impact on the care recipient and formal- and informal care providers.


Care provision Caring kin-person Filial responsibility Formal care Health monitoring Informal care Informal caregivers Obligation to care Surveillance 



This paper is written within the project Personalized Health Monitoring Ethics (PHM-Ethics) funded by the European Commission (contract number 230602).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Applied EthicsLinköping UniversityLinköpingSweden

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