Trust and Pediatric Exoskeletons: A Comparative Study of Clinician and Parental Perspectives

Jason Borenstein, Harshal P. Mahajan, Alan R. Wagner, Ayanna Howard

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The purpose of this article was to survey the perspectives of clinicians regarding pediatric robotic exoskeletons and compare their views with the views of parents of children with disabilities. A total of 78 clinicians completed the survey; they were contacted through Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, and group pages on Facebook. Most of the clinicians were somewhat concerned to very concerned that a child might not use the device safely outside of the clinical setting. Most clinicians reported that the child would try to walk, run, and climb using the exoskeleton. The parents reported higher trust (i.e., lower concern) in the child using an exoskeleton outside of the clinical setting, compared to the clinician group. Prior experience with robotic exoskeletons can have an important impact on each group's expectations and self-reported level of trust in the technology.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number9001039
Pages (from-to)83-88
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Transactions on Technology and Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2020


  • Exoskeletons
  • Rehabilitation robotics
  • Pediatrics
  • Medical services
  • Patient rehabilitation


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