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Introduction (2022)

Hirvonen, H., Tammelin, M., Wouters, E. J., & Hänninen, R. (2022). Introduction. In H. Hirvonen, M. Tammelin, R. Hänninen, & E. J. Wouters (Eds.), Digital Transformations in Care for Older People : Critical Perspectives (pp. 3-14). Routledge. Routledge Studies in the Sociology of Health and Illness. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003155317-2

JYU authors or editors

Publication details

All authors or editorsHirvonen, Helena; Tammelin, Mia; Wouters, Eveline J.M.; Hänninen, Riitta

Parent publicationDigital Transformations in Care for Older People : Critical Perspectives

Parent publication editorsHirvonen, Helena; Tammelin, Mia; Hänninen, Riitta; Wouters, Eveline J.M.


eISBN 978-1-003-15531-7

Journal or seriesRoutledge Studies in the Sociology of Health and Illness

Publication year2022

Publication date30/09/2021

Pages range3-14

Number of pages in the book210


Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon

Publication countryUnited Kingdom

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessNot open

Publication channel open accessPartially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/84590


Digital technologies shape our embodied lives and affect our knowledge of the self and the world. The introductory chapter of the book presents the state of the art in the research on digitalisation of health and social care work, with a focus on care for older people. In ageing societies, understanding what it takes to introduce and use digital technologies can pave the way to a successful, sustainable, and equally accessible system of social care and healthcare provision for older people. The chapter discusses some of the limitations in the present discussion and how the book at hand aims to address these gaps. The chapter proposes that living in an increasingly digitalised world requires digital agency, that is the individual’s ability to control and adapt to their surroundings, and to critically address technological determinism in the everyday life. The chapter ends with an overview of the book’s subsequent chapters that demonstrate different aspects to service users’ and care workers’ digital agency based on recent studies of digital technologies in care for older people.

Keywordsolder peopleageingelderlycarecare for the elderlydigitalisationelectronic servicesonline servicesintroduction (implementation)

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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2022

JUFO rating3

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