Patient-reported outcome measures for social robots in dementia care
Improving independence and quality of life for persons living with dementia (PLWD) and their care partners can be realized by complementing human care with robotic assistive technologies. Social robots are promising in their potential to support the cognitive health of older adults and are already being deployed in many dementia-specific contexts, including through some widespread initiatives. However, tools that measure their impact in dementia care, and specifically from the perspectives of PLWD and their care partners, are critically needed to inform best practices and policies in this space. This project aims to bridge this gap through three aims: 1) co-creation workshops to develop an initial patient-reported outcome measure (PROM) for the use of social robots in dementia care; 2) cognitive interviewing and testing to assess the clarity, reliability and validity of the instrument; and 3) a pilot intervention to evaluate the usefulness and meaningfulness of the PROM.
Julie Robillard , University of British Colombia
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