A Multicenter Survey About Companion Robot Acceptability in Caregivers of Patients with Dementia

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In the frame of the European Community funded MARIO, caregivers of 139 dementia patients were recruited in National University of Ireland (NUIG), in Geriatrics Unit of IRCCS “Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza”-Italy (IRCCS) and in Alzheimer Association Bari-Italy (AAB) for a multicenter survey on to determine the needs and preferences of caregivers for improving the assistance of dementia patients, and guiding technological development of MARIO. A six minute video on technological devices and functions of MARIO was showed, and all caregivers fulfilled a 43-item questionnaire that explored four areas: (A) Acceptability, (B) Functionality, (C) Support devices, and (D) Impact. Caregivers declared that to facilitate acceptance (over 17.5%) and to improve functionality of MARIO (over 29%) should be important/likely/useful. Over 20.3% of caregivers reported that following support devices in MARIO could be useful for their patients: (1) for monitoring bed-rest and movements, (2) for monitoring the medication use, (3) for monitoring the ambient environmental conditions, (4) for regulating heating, humidity, lighting and TV channel, (5) for undertaking comprehensive geriatric assessment, (6) for link to care planning, (7) for monitoring physiological deterioration, and (8) for monitoring cognitive deterioration. Over 21.8% of caregivers declared that MARIO should be useful to improve quality of life, quality of care, safety, emergency communications, home-based physical and/or cognitive rehabilitation programs, and to detect isolation and health status changes of their patients. MARIO is a novel approach employing robot companions, and its effect will be: (1) to facilitate and support persons with dementia and their caregivers, and (2) reduce social exclusion and isolation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSensors and Microsystems - Proceedings of the 19th AISEM 2017 National Conference
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9783319668017
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018
Event19th AISEM National Conference on Sensors and Microsystems, 2017 - Lecce, Italy
Duration: Feb 21 2017Feb 23 2017

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Electrical Engineering
ISSN (Print)1876-1100
ISSN (Electronic)1876-1119


Conference19th AISEM National Conference on Sensors and Microsystems, 2017


  • Acceptability
  • Building resilience for loneliness and dementia
  • Caring service robots
  • Comprehensive geriatric assessment
  • Quality of care
  • Quality of life
  • Safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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