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dc.contributor.authorCasey, Dympna
dc.contributor.authorBarrett, Eva
dc.contributor.authorKovačič, Tanja
dc.contributor.authorSancarlo, Daniele
dc.contributor.authorRicciardi, Francesco
dc.contributor.authorMurphy, Kathy
dc.contributor.authorKoumpis, Adamantios
dc.contributor.authorSantorelli, Adam
dc.contributor.authorGallagher, Niamh
dc.contributor.authorWhelan, Sally
dc.identifier.citationCasey, Dympna, Barrett, Eva, Kovacic, Tanja, Sancarlo, Daniele, Ricciardi, Francesco, Murphy, Kathy, Koumpis, Adamantios, Santorelli, Adam, Gallagher, Niamh, Whelan, Sally. (2020). The Perceptions of People with Dementia and Key Stakeholders Regarding the Use and Impact of the Social Robot MARIO. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(22). doi: 10.3390/ijerph17228621en_IE
dc.description.abstractPeople with dementia often experience loneliness and social isolation. This can result in increased cognitive decline which, in turn, has a negative impact on quality of life. This paper explores the use of the social robot, MARIO, with older people living with dementia as a way of addressing these issues. A descriptive qualitative study was conducted to explore the perceptions and experiences of the use and impact of MARIO. The research took place in the UK, Italy and Ireland. Semi-structured interviews were held in each location with people with dementia (n = 38), relatives/carers (n = 28), formal carers (n = 28) and managers (n = 13). The data was analyzed using qualitative content analysis. The findings revealed that despite challenges in relation to voice recognition and the practicalities of conducting research involving robots in real-life settings, most participants were positive about MARIO. Through the robot’s user-led design and personalized applications, MARIO provided a point of interest, social activities, and cognitive engagement increased. However, some formal carers and managers voiced concern that robots might replace care staff.en_IE
dc.description.sponsorshipThe research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Horizons 2020–the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014–2020) under grant agreement 643808 Project MARIO “Managing active and healthy aging with use of caring service robots”.en_IE
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Journal Of Environmental Research And Public Healthen
dc.rightsAttribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
dc.subjectolder adultsen_IE
dc.subjectsocial robotsen_IE
dc.subjectcompanion robotsen_IE
dc.subjectqualitative researchen_IE
dc.subjectquality of careen_IE
dc.subjectlong-term careen_IE
dc.titleThe perceptions of people with dementia and key stakeholders regarding the use and impact of the social robot MARIOen_IE
dc.contributor.funderHorizon 2020en_IE
dc.local.contactSally Whelan. Email:
dcterms.projectinfo:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/H2020::RIA/643808/EU/Managing active and healthy aging with use of caring service robots/MARIOen_IE

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