Primary Question: Are social robots acceptable for use in dementia care in India?
Main finding: Both the caregivers and persons with dementia were open to the idea of using social
robots in dementia care with some recommendations for adaptation.
Meaning of the finding: Social robots can be potentially used to engage persons with dementia in India and
help with the challenges of caregiving.
This study aims to understand the acceptability of social robots and the adaptation
of the Hybrid-Face Robot for dementia care in India.
We conducted a focus group discussion and in-depth interviews with persons with dementia
(PwD), their caregivers, professionals in the field of dementia, and technical experts in robotics to collect qualitative data.
This study explored the following themes: Acceptability of Robots in Dementia Care in India, Adaptation of Hybrid-Face Robot and Future of Robots in Dementia Care. Caregivers and PwD were open to the idea of social robot use in dementia care; caregivers
perceived it to help with the challenges of caregiving and positively viewed a future
This study is the first of its kind to explore the use of social robots in dementia
care in India by highlighting user needs and requirements that determine acceptability
and guiding adaptation.
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