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Semantics and Patient Perceptions of New Technologies

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The word technology has an overwhelmingly positive connotation. People experience new technologies constantly throughout their daily lives, and their own personal experience provides them with a clear notion of the value of the technologies they interact with. However, people perceive health technologies used in their care much differently from how they perceive the value of consumer products. There is evidence that the words used to describe technologies can have a substantial influence on how they are perceived by patients. Terms that emphasize novelty and innovation are associated with more appealing connotations than terms that emphasize the uncertainty or experimental nature of many new technologies.

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Urbach, D.R. (2016). Semantics and Patient Perceptions of New Technologies. In: Stain, S., Pryor, A., Shadduck, P. (eds) The SAGES Manual Ethics of Surgical Innovation. Springer, Cham.

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