Science, technology, body and personhood: The concept of health emerging in high-tech modern medicine practice

Federica Raia, Martin Cadeiras, Ali Nsair, Daniel Cruz, Grecia Ramos, Claire Alvarenga, Valeria M. Rivera, Kristina Barrientos, Mario C. Deng

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In this participatory action research project, we studied the process of practice in high-tech modern medicine as a particularly powerful domain in which integration of science, technology, body and personhood needs to take place. We posit that this integration demands a conceptual evolution of a static concept of health into a concept of health that is based on the ability to adapt and self-manage. There are different level of learning about living with high technology modern medicine, including from the patient perspective learning about own body, learning to live with the machine, learning to live with uncertainties, and, from the physician perspective, to understand the relationship between supporting the patient in developing a new sense of self, for technology to be completely integrated in the patient's life, past, present, future and self and the ownership over the specific critical health decisions with its physiological manifestation and course.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1012-1016
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS
Issue numberJanuary
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event11th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: Learning and Becoming in Practice, ICLS 2014 - Boulder, United States
Duration: Jun 23 2014Jun 27 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education


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