The Perceptions of People with Dementia and Key Stakeholders Regarding the Use and Impact of the Social Robot MARIO

Casey, Dympna; Barrett, Eva; Kovacic, Tanja; Sancarlo, Daniele; Ricciardi, Francesco; Murphy, Kathy; Koumpis, Adamantios; Santorelli, Adam; Gallagher, Niamh; Whelan, Sally (2020). The Perceptions of People with Dementia and Key Stakeholders Regarding the Use and Impact of the Social Robot MARIO International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(22), pp. 1-19. MDPI https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17228621

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People with dementia often experience loneliness and social isolation. This can result in increased cognitive decline which, in turn, has a negative impact on quality of life. This paper explores the use of the social robot, MARIO, with older people living with dementia as a way of addressing these issues. A descriptive qualitative study was conducted to explore the perceptions and experiences of the use and impact of MARIO. The research took place in the UK, Italy and Ireland. Semi-structured interviews were held in each location with people with dementia (n = 38), relatives/carers (n = 28), formal carers (n = 28) and managers (n = 13). The data was analyzed using qualitative content analysis. The findings revealed that despite challenges in relation to voice recognition and the practicalities of conducting research involving robots in real-life settings, most participants were positive about MARIO. Through the robot’s user-led design and personalized applications, MARIO provided a point of interest, social activities, and cognitive engagement increased. However, some formal carers and managers voiced concern that robots might replace care staff.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

Business School > Institute for Digital Enabling
Business School > Institute for Digital Enabling > Digital Skills

Name:

Casey, Dympna;
Barrett, Eva;
Kovacic, Tanja;
Sancarlo, Daniele;
Ricciardi, Francesco;
Murphy, Kathy;
Koumpis, Adamantios;
Santorelli, Adam;
Gallagher, Niamh and
Whelan, Sally

Subjects:

B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > RT Nursing
T Technology > T Technology (General)

ISSN:

1660-4601

Publisher:

MDPI

Funders:

[UNSPECIFIED] European Union Horizons 2020– the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014–2020) under grant agreement 643808 Project MARIO “Managing active and healthy aging with use of caring service robots”

Language:

English

Submitter:

Adamantios Koumpis

Date Deposited:

25 Nov 2020 13:23

Last Modified:

21 Sep 2021 02:18

Publisher DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17228621

Uncontrolled Keywords:

dementia; Alzheimer’s; older adults; social robots; companion robots; MARIO; qualitative research; quality of care; long-term care

ARBOR DOI:

10.24451/arbor.13514

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/13514

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