The introduction of Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) technologies triggers serious ethical issues regarding their usage. This report carries out and presents a systematic review of existing literature on the ethical aspects relevant to Dem@Care.
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More specifically, we look at the question of what are the ethical issues involved in the various stages of research and development, clinical experimentation, and clinical application of AAL technologies for people with dementia and related stakeholders? In the discussion we focus on: 1) values of the goals of AAL, 2) the balance between cost-effectiveness and quality assessment in R&D of AAL, 3) the question of responsibility of AAL, and finally 4) the complex question of informed consent for the usage of AAL.