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hal.structure.identifierBioRobotics Institute of Sant'Anna [Pisa]
dc.contributor.authorFiorini, L.*
hal.structure.identifierErasmus University Rotterdam
dc.contributor.authorDe Mul, M.*
hal.structure.identifierErasmus University Rotterdam
dc.contributor.authorFabbricotti, I.*
hal.structure.identifierDauphine Recherches en Management [DRM]
dc.contributor.authorGuiot, Denis*
hal.structure.identifierDauphine Recherches en Management [DRM]
dc.contributor.authorSengès, Eloïse*
hal.structure.identifierBioRobotics Institute of Sant'Anna [Pisa]
dc.contributor.authorCavallo, F.*
dc.subjectPersonal mobility
dc.subjectassistive robots
dc.subjecttechnical and functional requirements
dc.subjectneeds study
dc.subjectelderly people
dc.titleAssistive robots to improve the independent living of older persons: results from a needs study
dc.typeArticle accepté pour publication ou publié
dc.description.abstractenBackground: More than 70% of elderly people age 80 and older are experiencing problems in personal mobility. Assistive robotics can represent a concrete support providing also a support for caregivers, clinicians and nurses by reducing their burden.Methods: A total of 20 older people and 34 caregivers (formal and informal) were interviewed in Italy and the Netherlands to investigate and prioritize their needs concerning the personal mobility domains and their attitudes towards assistive robots. The data were analysed from a user point of view by means of thematic content analysis by underlying recurrent topics.Results: The results revealed four categories of needs from the perspective of the older individuals: instrumental needs, rehabilitation needs, personal safety and indoor activities of daily life. Additionally, the results underline how personal mobility issues influence different aspects of daily life. Complementarily, three categories of caregiver needs were also distinguished: instrumental needs, rehabilitation monitoring needs and checkup needs. The highest percentage of participants showed a positive expectation towards assistive robotics.Conclusions: The results were clustered according to the robot abilities (i.e., motion, interaction, manipulation, decision support and perception abilities) as a list of functional and technical requirements that should be developed to address all the needs related to the personal mobility. Robotic developer teams that work in this context could take advantage of this research. Additionally, this work can be used as a basis for clinicians and nurses working in geriatric units to understand how the robots can support and enhance their work.
dc.relation.isversionofjnlnameDisability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology
dc.relation.isversionofjnlpublisherTaylor & Francis
dc.subject.ddclabelFacteurs d'influence sur les comportements sociaux

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