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XXVI.3 May - June 2019
Page: 67
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From medicalized to mundane self-care technologies


Authors:
Francisco Nunes

Living with chronic conditions is extremely complex and demanding. Patients and carers often need to monitor symptoms, manage treatment, and deal with disability and other impacts, while accepting that they will continue having these issues throughout their lives. Care in these contexts happens mostly at home and in everyday life; it is traditionally called self-care to distinguish it from professional or medical care. Self-care technologies have the potential to support the self-care of patients and carers; however, these tools often embody a medicalized perspective and fail to support the mundane work of performing self-care. In this article, I suggest…




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