Medical Trust Beyond Clinical Walls is an NWO-funded research project at Eindhoven University of Technology, in collaboration with and co-funded by Mobihealth B.V. and Sananet Care B.V. The purpose of this project is to investigate how patients with chronic diseases establish trust in forms of treatment and monitoring that involve telecare, the use of technology at home in interaction with online systems. Furthermore, the project aims to evaluate when this trust is well-grounded, and to develop guidelines for the responsible deployment and further innovation of telecare services with an eye on promoting reasonable patient trust, autonomy, and self-management (see the about page for a further description of this project).

The project is based within the Eindhoven Centre for Innovation Sciences (ECIS) and the department of Philosophy and Ethics (P&E).

Workshop programme

The programme for our workshop Autonomous Agency, Health Promotion, and Technology Design is as follows:

Date/time: 12 September 2014, 13:00-18:00

Location: Stijlkamer (room 0.06), Janskerkhof 13, Utrecht


  • 13:00–13:10 Welcome and introduction
  • 13:10 – 14:00 Søren Holm, University of Manchester, “How I Learned To Love the Internet of Things: Ethical Issues in Pervasive Persuasion”
  • 14:00 – 14:40 Anton Vedder & Samantha Adams, University of Tilburg, “Reflections on individual autonomy and the ideology of self-management in the age of eHealth, mHealth and uHealth”
  • 14:40–14:55 Coffee break
  • 14:55 – 15:35 Bart Kamphorst, University of Utrecht, “Exploring How E-Coaching Systems Can Affect the Self-Governance of Planning Agents”
  • 15:35 – 16:15 Tamar Schapiro, Stanford University, “Self-government and self-management”
  • 16:15 – 16:30 Coffee break
  • 16:30 – 17:20 Maartje Schermer, Erasmus Medical Centre, “What is ‘Health’ in E-Health Promotion Technologies?”
  • 17:20 – 18:00 Sander Voerman, TU Eindhoven, “Responsible Telecare: Managed Self-Management”


  • 18:00 drinks with all workshop participants
  • 19:00 Dinner with workshop speakers at Umami (Oudegracht 74; modern Asian cuisine)

We look forward to seeing you there! If you are currently registered but won’t be able make it for some reason, please let us know so that we can give your place to somebody else.

[Update] Workshop on ”Autonomous Agency, Health Promotion, and Technology Design”

On Friday, September 12, 2014, the workshop ”Autonomous Agency, Health Promotion, and Technology Design” will take place. Guest speakers Soren Holm (University of Manchester) and Maartje Schermer (Erasmus MC) will give a presentation. This event is co-sponsored by the OZSW (Dutch Research School for Philosophy), and is connected to the research projects ”Promoting Effective Intentions: Volitional Scaffolding, Implementation Intentions, and Bedtime Procrastination” at the University of Utrecht, and to our own project ”Medical Trust Beyond Clinical Walls” at TU Eindhoven. The theme of the workshop is how we define and operationalize autonomy, health, mental illness and the practical self for the design of supporting technologies for health and wellness.” More information can be found on the workshop page on the OZSW website.

More information about the guest speakers can be found here (Holm) and here (Schermer).

Philip Nickel on illness and agency

In March and November 2013, Nickel gave some presentations about illness and agency. In March he presented a paper at the University of Washington Department of Philosophy Critical Medical Humanities for this purpose, and in November he presented a paper at the Dutch Research School of Philosophy Annual Conference in Rotterdam.

Sander Voerman on telecare

In July 2013, Voerman gave a talk about trust in telecare at the Radboud University Nijmegen, as a part of the study group Philosophy & Psychiatry.

In August 2013 he gave a presentation about self-management in telecare environments. This took place at the 27th European Conference on Philosophy of Medicine and Health Care, at the University of Basel in Switzerland.