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Improved Knowledge Changes the Mindset: Older Adults’ Perceptions of Care Robots
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7490-6735
Paderborn University, Paderborn, Germany.
Paderborn University, Paderborn, Germany.
Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lahti, Finland.
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2019 (English)In: Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 11592, Springer Verlag , 2019, p. 212-227Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper explores Finnish, German and Swedish older adults’ perceptions of a future welfare service with increased use of welfare technologies, specifically care robots. The issues are the rapid digitalization and development of health and welfare technology, which presently is mainly technology driven (not need or user driven), and the demographic challenge. The aim of the study was to explore older adults’ perception of the future use of welfare technology or care robots. A qualitative approach with focus group discussions was employed, followed by thematic analysis. The results are presented in four overall themes: the impact on daily life for older adults and professional caregivers, codes of practice and terms of use, dissemination of information and knowledge, and conditions for successful implementation. There were significant differences in the informants’ attitudes toward and knowledge about care robots. However, the informants’ attitudes appeared to change during the focus groups and in general, became more positive. Authentic needs, which care robots could support, refer to independence, safety and security, and the ability to manage or ease daily life or working life. The results suggest that older adults, after receiving relevant information, were open to the idea of being supported by care robots in their daily lives. 

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Springer Verlag , 2019. p. 212-227
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Lecture Notes in Computer Science, ISSN 0302-9743 ; 11592
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Health Sciences Medical Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-44973DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-22012-9_16Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85069817821ISBN: 9783030220112 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-44973DiVA, id: diva2:1341355
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5th International Conference on Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population, ITAP 2019, held as part of the 21st International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2019; Orlando; United States; 26 July 2019 through 31 July 2019
Available from: 2019-08-08 Created: 2019-08-08 Last updated: 2019-08-08Bibliographically approved

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