Understanding healthcare providers' perceptions of a personal assistant robot

Tracy L. Mitzner, Lorenza Tiberio, Charles C. Kemp, Wendy A. Rogers

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To successfully deploy a robot into a healthcare setting, it must be accepted by the end users. This study explored healthcare providers' perceptions of a mobile manipulator class personal robot assisting with caregiving tasks for older adult patients. Participants were 14 healthcare providers with an average of 12 years of continuous work experience with older patients. Quantitative and qualitative methods were used. Participants indicated a willingness to use a mobile manipulator robot as an assistant, yet they expressed discretion in their acceptance for different tasks. Benefits of robot assistance noted by participants included saving time, being accurate when conducting medical tasks, and enabling them to be more productive. Participants expressed concern about robots being unreliable, hazardous to patients, and inappropriate for performing some tasks (e.g., those that involve close patient contact). These findings provide insights into healthcare providers' attitudes and preferences for assistance from a mobile manipulator robot.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48-55
Number of pages8
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018


  • Aging
  • Caregiving tasks
  • Healthcare
  • Long-term care
  • Robot assistance
  • Technology acceptance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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