Empirical Ethics and Surveillance: Dignity in care for people living with dementia

Stinne Ballegaard Aaløkke, Anders Albrechtslund, Astrid Meyer

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In this presentation, we explore the contribution of empirical ethics to the field of surveillance. In particular, we discuss the concepts of dignity, privacy and safety in relation to the practices and particularities of good care for people living with dementia using surveillance technologies.
The paper reports from a research project, LIVSTEGN, aimed at developing an ethical framework for the use of surveillance technologies in care for people with dementia and tendencies to wander. A premise for the project is the involvement of residents with dementia, relatives and staff in the process of identifying and handling practical and ethical challenges, as well as in the testing and investigation of surveillance technologies and workflows. To this end, the researchers engage in empirical and conceptual explorations of the care practices in a nursing home as well as participatory design based workshops with residents living with dementia, relatives and care workers.
Thus, the discussion addresses issues of surveillance, privacy, safety, dignity and care that are matters of concern for the people engaged in dementia care. Through this discussion, we aim to develop better care for people with dementia, and contribute to how the STS community can understand and address these efforts.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventNordic STS conference 2021 - Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 20 May 202121 May 2021


ConferenceNordic STS conference 2021
LocationCopenhagen Business School
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