A qualitative exploration of care homes workers' views and training needs in relation to the use of socially assistive humanoid robots in their workplace

Papadopoulos, Irena ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6291-4332, Ali, Sheila, Papadopoulos, Chris, Castro, Nina, Faulkes, Nicholas and Koulouglioti, Christina ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3227-6696 (2022) A qualitative exploration of care homes workers' views and training needs in relation to the use of socially assistive humanoid robots in their workplace. International Journal of Older People Nursing, 17 (3) , e12432. ISSN 1748-3735 [Article] (doi:10.1111/opn.12432)

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Abstract

Aim: The study aimed to explore the views and attitudes of care home workers about the socially assistive robot that was trialled in their workplace, in order to identify training needs in relation to the hypothetical future use of these robots in their workplace.
Background: Care home workers face challenging workload conditions which may require the exploration of new solutions such as the use of socially assistive robots (SARs).
Methods: This is a qualitative descriptive study which used semi-structured interviews. Care home workers (n = 23) in the UK participated in the study, and data collection took place between October 2019 and January 2020. NVivo software was used for data management, and a thematic inductive analysis was conducted.
Results: Findings indicated that many participants were open to the use of robots and valued the potential usefulness of SARs in the care setting. However, some participants showed resistance to the use of robots and did not feel comfortable with the idea of working alongside them. Participants wished to receive technical training that would enable them to be competent in using SARs. Participants took seriously their duty of care to the older people and thus wanted to ensure that the use of the SAR would not negatively impact on the care being provided. Robots were viewed as having potential to be supplementary to human carers, such as sharing the workload and improving upon the care already being provided.
Conclusions: Care home workers express both positive and negative views in relation to the hypothetical future deployment of socially assistive humanoid robots in their workplace.
Implications for practice: The findings highlighted the importance of values around person-centred care which should be taken into account when planning for the implementation of robots in social care settings and training care home workers in how to work with robots.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): attitudes, older people, social robotics, socially assistive robots, training
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning
Item ID: 34168
Notes on copyright: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Papadopoulos, I., Ali, S., Papadopoulos, C., Castro, N., Faulkes, N., & Koulouglioti, C. (2022). A qualitative exploration of care homes workers’ views and training needs in relation to the use of socially assistive humanoid robots in their workplace. International Journal of Older People Nursing, 17, e12432, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/opn.12432. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions. This article may not be enhanced, enriched or otherwise transformed into a derivative work, without express permission from Wiley or by statutory rights under applicable legislation. Copyright notices must not be removed, obscured or modified. The article must be linked to Wiley’s version of record on Wiley Online Library and any embedding, framing or otherwise making available the article or pages thereof by third parties from platforms, services and websites other than Wiley Online Library must be prohibited.
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Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2021 12:32
Last Modified: 10 May 2022 17:34
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/34168

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