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

Ho A, Quick O. Leaving patients to their own devices? Smart technology, safety and therapeutic relationships. BMC Med Ethics. 2018;19(1):18. doi:10.1186/s12910-018-0255-8.

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March 21, 2018
Ho A, Quick O. BMC Med Ethics. 2018;19(1):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.

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Ho A, Quick O. Leaving patients to their own devices? Smart technology, safety and therapeutic relationships. BMC Med Ethics. 2018;19(1):18. doi:10.1186/s12910-018-0255-8.