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Journal Article
Commentary

Leaving patients to their own devices? Smart technology, safety and therapeutic relationships.

Ho A, Quick O. BMC medical ethics. 2018;19:18.

Although use of smart technologies for self-diagnosis and care management offers patients convenience, cost-savings, and expediency, they may also contribute to poor decision-making and harm. This commentary explores the impact of direct-to-consumer monitoring devices and smartphone applications on care and the therapeutic relationship. The authors advocate for regulation and assessment regarding accuracy of these tools.