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Robotics Biomim. 2017;4(1):5. doi: 10.1186/s40638-017-0061-7. Epub 2017 Sep 20.

Assessment of personal care and medical robots from older adults' perspective.

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1
School of Life & Health Sciences, Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, B4 7ET UK.
2
Department of Land Management and Systems, Faculty of Agribusiness and Commerce, Lincoln University, PO Box 85084, Lincoln 7647, Christchurch, New Zealand.
3
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Auckland University of Technology, 55 Wellesley St, Auckland, 1010 New Zealand.

Abstract

Demographic reports indicate that population of older adults is growing significantly over the world and in particular in developed nations. Consequently, there are a noticeable number of demands for certain services such as health-care systems and assistive medical robots and devices. In today's world, different types of robots play substantial roles specifically in medical sector to facilitate human life, especially older adults. Assistive medical robots and devices are created in various designs to fulfill specific needs of older adults. Though medical robots are utilized widely by senior citizens, it is dramatic to find out into what extent assistive robots satisfy their needs and expectations. This paper reviews various assessments of assistive medical robots from older adults' perspectives with the purpose of identifying senior citizen's needs, expectations, and preferences. On the other hand, these kinds of assessments inform robot designers, developers, and programmers to come up with robots fulfilling elderly's needs while improving their life quality.

KEYWORDS:

Assistive medical robots and devices; Assistive walking devices; Information and communication technology; Older adults’ needs assessment; Older adults’ perspective; Robot assessment

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