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The role of socially assistive robots in elderly wellbeing: a systematic review

conference contribution
posted on 2017-01-01, 00:00 authored by Reza KachouieReza Kachouie, S Sedighadeli, A B Abkenar
The population of the world is aging and one of the main concerns of the aged care industry is to provide appropriate care for elderly people as their health and independent functioning declines. This paper reports a systematic review of the roll of Socially Assistive Robots (SAR) in elderly wellbeing, based on Cochrane principles. Relevant publications from diverse databases, including healthcare, engineering, and robotics were sourced and screened. Ninety-five studies in forty-two study groups have been synthesized. The reported outcomes have been categorized based on five PERMA constructs (Positive emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, and Achievement) in addition to a sixth category (other effects). The findings indicate that SAR has the potential to enhance elderly wellbeing and decrease the workload of caregivers. Based on concerns that emerged during the quality appraisal process, several significant recommendations are made to improve future research and its applicability. Furthermore, acknowledging individuals’ needs, expectations, and preferences alongside multi-modal interaction and data collection translates into improvement of personalization of care. The development of new approaches such as web-based interf aces and cloud computing are highly recommended as the means of overcoming the constraints of the limited computing and storage capabilities of SAR. Moreover, human-like engagement characteristics of socially assistive robots should be seamlessly integrated with other assistive technologies such as tele-health, e-health, and smart homes.

History

Event

Cross-Cultural Design. International Conference (9th : 2017 : Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Volume

10281

Series

Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)

Pagination

669 - 682

Publisher

Springer International Publishing

Location

Vancouver, BC, Canada

Place of publication

Cham, Switzerland

Start date

2017-07-09

End date

2017-07-14

ISSN

0302-9743

eISSN

1611-3349

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1.1 Full written paper - refereed; E Conference publication

Copyright notice

2017, Springer International Publishing AG

Editor/Contributor(s)

P Rau

Title of proceedings

CCD2017 : Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Cross-Cultural Design. Held as Part of HCI International 2017.