Integrating Socially Assistive Robots into Japanese Nursing Care
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Original versionStudies in Health Technology and Informatics. 2020, 272, 183 - 186. 10.3233/SHTI200524
This paper presents experiences of integrating assistive robots in Japanese nursing care through semi-structured interviews and site observations at three nursing homes in Japan during the year 2019. The study looked at experiences with the robots Paro, Pepper, and Qoobo. The goal was to investigate and evaluate the current state of using robots within the nursing care context, which involved: firsthand experiences with intended and real users; and response from the elderly, and nursing staff. The qualitative analysis results pointed out user satisfaction, adjusted purpose, therapeutic and entertaining effects. The potentials of using robots to assist in elderly care have been evident. Limitations currently relate to the lack of ways to fully utilize and integrate robots.