Doing ‘technological time’ in a pediatric hemodialysis unit: An ethnography of children

Published on May 1, 2014in Health & Place3.202
· DOI :10.1016/j.healthplace.2014.02.007
Hilde Zitzelsberger4
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(UOIT: University of Ontario Institute of Technology),
Patricia McKeever33
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(U of T: University of Toronto)
+ 3 AuthorsKaren Spalding8
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(RyeU: Ryerson University)
Since the 1960s, hemodialysis has been a common intervention for children with end-stage renal disease, however little is known about how they experience hospital-based hemodialysis. A focused ethnography was undertaken to explore children׳s perspectives of the time, space and technology of a hemodialysis unit at a Canadian pediatric urban hospital. The children׳s temporal and socio-spatial positions were an effect of their technologically mediated embodiment and shaped their perspectives, evaluations and expectations. The findings suggest that further explorations are needed to envision ways to create with children an overall positive place that merges and balances technological care with child focused care.
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