Assistive robotic technology to combat social isolation in acute hospital settings

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Title: Assistive robotic technology to combat social isolation in acute hospital settings
Author(s): Sarabia, M
Young, N
Canavan, K
Edginton, T
Demiris, Y
Vizcaychipi, MP
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Social isolation in hospitals is a well established risk factor for complications such as cognitive decline and depression. Assistive robotic technology has the potential to combat this problem, but first it is critical to investigate how hospital patients react to this technology. In order to address this question, we introduced a remotely operated NAO humanoid robot which conversed, made jokes, played music, danced and exercised with patients in a London hospital. In total, 49 patients aged between 18–100 took part in the study, 7 of whom had dementia. Our results show that a majority of patients enjoyed their interaction with NAO. We also found that age and dementia significantly affect the interaction, whereas gender does not. These results indicate that hospital patients enjoy socialising with robots, opening new avenues for future research into the potential health benefits of a social robotic companion.
Publication Date: 1-Nov-2018
Date of Acceptance: 25-Jul-2017
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/66237
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12369-017-0421-z
ISSN: 1875-4791
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Start Page: 607
End Page: 620
Journal / Book Title: International Journal of Social Robotics
Volume: 10
Issue: 5
Sponsor/Funder: Commission of the European Communities
Funder's Grant Number: 643783
Copyright Statement: © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2018. The final publication is available at Springer via https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs12369-017-0421-z
Keywords: Science & Technology
Technology
Robotics
Assistive robotic technology
Social robot
Human-robot interaction
Hospital patients
Ageing
Dementia
TIME
Science & Technology
Technology
Robotics
Assistive robotic technology
Social robot
Human-robot interaction
Hospital patients
Ageing
Dementia
TIME
Publication Status: Published
Online Publication Date: 2018-02-07
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Engineering
Division of Surgery
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Faculty of Medicine



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