Exploration of robotic system design in improving the patient experience in physical therapy sessions at the UVA Children's Hospital

Sarah Huber, Justin McAuliff, Kristofer Monson, Talia O'Brien, Jose Valdez, Amy Laviers

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Abstract

The patient-centered care paradigm is an influential healthcare management model that can improve the way care is delivered. Autonomous agents may be implemented in hospitals to enhance patient-centered by adding tailored patient interaction without the expense of hiring additional workforce. Observations in the University of Virginia's Children's Hospital Physical Therapy unit were conducted to gather qualitative data regarding the typical patient experience. Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies framework was used to interpret observations and to articulate specific bodily movements and their connection to a patient's emotional state. With a movement-based design, an autonomous solution was designed to embody behaviors that replicate observed patient-caregiver interactions; automating this can improve patient experience. Robotic behaviors were designed on the humanoid NAO robot. The paper presents high-level robotic control techniques to design a set of programmed behaviors to supplement child physical therapy sessions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2015 Systems and Information Engineering Design Symposium, SIEDS 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages230-235
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781479918324
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event2015 Systems and Information Engineering Design Symposium, SIEDS 2015 - Charlottesville, United States
Duration: Apr 24 2015 → …

Publication series

Name2015 Systems and Information Engineering Design Symposium, SIEDS 2015

Other

Other2015 Systems and Information Engineering Design Symposium, SIEDS 2015
CountryUnited States
CityCharlottesville
Period4/24/15 → …

Keywords

  • Aldebaran NAO
  • Autonomous agent design
  • Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies
  • Patient-centered care
  • healthcare robotics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Information Systems
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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