Ethical challenges in argumentation and dialogue in a healthcare context

Mark Snaith (Lead / Corresponding author), Rasmus Øjvind Nielsen, Sita Ramchandra Kotnis, Alison Pease

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Abstract

As the average age of the population increases, so too do the number of people living with chronic illnesses. With limited resources available, the development of dialogue-based e-health systems that provide justified general health advice offers a cost-effective solution to the management of chronic conditions. It is however imperative that such systems are responsible in their approach. We present in this paper two main challenges for the deployment of e-health systems, that have a particular relevance to dialogue and argumentation: collecting and handling health data, and trust. For both challenges, we look at specific issues therein, outlining their importance in general, and describing their relevance to dialogue and argumentation. Finally, we go on to propose six recommendations for handling these issues, towards addressing the main challenges themselves, that act both as general advice for dialogue and argumentation research in the e-health domain, and as a foundation for future work on this topic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-264
Number of pages16
JournalArgument and Computation
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2021

Keywords

  • Argumentation
  • dialogue
  • ethics
  • health care
  • responsible research and innovation

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