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Socially assistive robots in the elderly care : The attitudes of healthcare professionals towards the use of socially assistive robots

Schutte, M. (2019) Socially assistive robots in the elderly care : The attitudes of healthcare professionals towards the use of socially assistive robots.

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Abstract:Introduction: This study has the aim to examine the attitudes of the different professionals in the elderly care organisation towards the use of socially assistive robots and the determinants that influenced these attitudes. Method: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with twelve professionals in two different elderly care organisations. Results: The attitudes of the respondents were divided in the respondents with a positive and open attitude and the respondents with a wait-and-see attitude. Several determinants were found to have an effect on the attitudes. This study did not find an answer on differences between professions, but it found that respondents with a coordinating or facilitating role had more positive attitudes than their colleagues. The moderators that seemed to influence the relation between the determinants and attitude are the gender and level of education. Discussion: The results in this study must be interpret carefully, because the study sample was too small. As a result, a comparable study is needed with a larger study sample. Besides, a quantitative study can be useful to find causal relations between the determinants, moderators and attitudes. A practical recommendation for the organisations is to invest in train the nurses in the department, because their wait-and-see attitude is influence by a knowledge deficit and lack of skills.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:TNW: Science and Technology
Subject:44 medicine, 70 social sciences in general
Programme:Health Sciences MSc (66851)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/79233
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