Ethical Assessment of personal health-monitoring technologies that interface with the autonomic nervous system

William P. Cheshire

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Abstract

Access to medical technologies is no longer limited to clinicians and researchers. Increasingly, patients are availing themselves of biosensor technologies to monitor their health. Devices designed to sense cardiovascular functions, for example, display information about changes in heart rate and blood pressure that are coordinated by the autonomic nervous system and normally occur below the level of conscious awareness. Once awareness is attained, choice becomes possible, and with increased knowledge comes increased responsibility. This responsibility is best shared by patients and their healthcare professionals. Accordingly, ethical assessment of health-monitoring technology is needed so that it may be used in ways that promote health and well-being while avoiding harm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-12
Number of pages6
JournalEthics and Medicine
Volume32
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Philosophy
  • Health Policy

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