INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECH

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Information technology is changing the role, responsibilities and practices of social care professionals, as well as policy and management within the field. Bringing together leading academics to discuss empirical research on the application of new information technology (IT) in health and social care, this text discusses a variety of technologies, including the Internet, telemetrics, multimedia, artificial intelligence, virtual environments ...
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Overview

Information technology is changing the role, responsibilities and practices of social care professionals, as well as policy and management within the field. Bringing together leading academics to discuss empirical research on the application of new information technology (IT) in health and social care, this text discusses a variety of technologies, including the Internet, telemetrics, multimedia, artificial intelligence, virtual environments and online communities.

The contributors take a balanced approach, highlighting the anxiety and unease as well as the advantages brought about by these developments in technology and the resulting change in responsibilities.

Issues discussed include child protection and the Internet, computer mediated self-help, and collaborative learning. They also explore the wider implications of the way that technology changes the relations between experts, professionals and lay people.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843100492
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Pages: 255
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Information and Communication Technologies in the Welfare Services: Wired Wonderland or Hypertext Hell? 7
Ch. 1 The Caring Professions and Information Technology: In Search of a Theory 29
Ch. 2 Using the Internet for Evidence-based Practice 49
Ch. 3 Real Records, Virtual Clients 67
Ch. 4 Technology and Systems of Referral Taking in Social Services: From Narrative to Code 83
Ch. 5 Internet Child Abuse 111
Ch. 6 Information Technology and the Organization of Patient Care 137
Ch. 7 Health, Collaborative Learning and the Collapse of Professionalism? The Information Brothel 157
Ch. 8 From Self-service Welfare to Virtual Self-help 183
Ch. 9 Consumers, the Internet and the Reconfiguration of Expertise 199
Conclusion: Technologies of Care 223
The Contributors 239
Subject Index 243
Author Index 251
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