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Critical Reviews™ in Biomedical Engineering

ISSN Print: 0278-940X
ISSN Online: 1943-619X

Critical Reviews™ in Biomedical Engineering

DOI: 10.1615/CritRevBiomedEng.v28.i34.330
pages 541-544

The Ethical and Social Dimensions of Home-Based Telemedicine

Keith Alan Bauer
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Department of Philosophy, 546 Hiwassee Rd. Madisonville, TN 37354


The growth of home-based telemedicine invites a discussion about the ethical implications of this technology for the traditional goals and moral ideals of medical practice. To this end, I examine the normative connections between home-based telemedicine and the following: (1) health care justice, (2) quality of life for patients and family caregivers, and (3) provider-patient relationships.