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Should I Trust My Gut Feelings or Keep Them at a Distance: A Prospective Analysis of Point-of-Care Diagnostics Practice

Abstract : Point-of-care devices can be expected to change current medical practices, create new ones and raise crucial questions concerning responsibilities in healthcare. In this paper we explore the issue of point-of-care devices and trust. More specifically, we draw attention on a dimension of ‘trust’ which is closely related to point of care devices, namely the potential tension in future users of emerging point-of- care devices between trusting their experience of a symptom and trusting the technology. We will take a case study approach in which we focus our attention on an emerging case of point-of-care diagnostics: the Nanopil. After introducing this case, we introduce the concept of mediation, as elaborated by Verbeek on the basis of Ihde and Latour’s work. This concept provides a good analytical tool to address the question of how a point of care diagnostics, like the Nanopil, creates new meanings and practices. Our analysis shows how the Nanopil is a hybrid of proximity and detachment from the user. We conclude with some final considerations explaining why this type of analysis of such a close-and-yet-distant relationship with the user is important in the innovation process.
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Federica Lucivero, Lucie Dalibert. Should I Trust My Gut Feelings or Keep Them at a Distance: A Prospective Analysis of Point-of-Care Diagnostics Practice. Ronald Leenes, Eleni Kosta. Bridging Distances in Technology and Regulation, Wolf Publishers, 2013, 978-9058509864. ⟨halshs-01650216⟩



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