Exploring the effect of companion robots on emotional expression in older people with dementia : a pilot randomized controlled trial

Moyle, Wendy, Cooke, Marie L., Beattie, Elizabeth, Jones, Cindy, Klein, Barbara, Cook, Glenda, & Gray, Chrystal (2012) Exploring the effect of companion robots on emotional expression in older people with dementia : a pilot randomized controlled trial. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 39(5), pp. 46-53.

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Abstract

This pilot study aimed to compare the effect of companion robots (PARO) to participation in an interactive reading group on emotions in people living with moderate to severe dementia in a residential care setting. A randomized crossover design, with PARO and reading control groups, was used. Eighteen residents with mid- to late-stage dementia from one aged care facility in Queensland, Australia, were recruited. Participants were assessed three times using the Quality of Life in Alzheimer’s Disease, Rating Anxiety in Dementia, Apathy Evaluation, Geriatric Depression, and Revised Algase Wandering Scales. PARO had a moderate to large positive influence on participants’ quality of life compared to the reading group. The PARO intervention group had higher pleasure scores when compared to the reading group. Findings suggest PARO may be useful as a treatment option for people with dementia; however, the need for a larger trial was identified.

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ID Code: 57114
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: dementia, residential aged care, robot, emotions
DOI: 10.3928/00989134-20130313-03
ISSN: 1938-243X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > TECHNOLOGY (100000) > OTHER TECHNOLOGY (109900) > Technology not elsewhere classified (109999)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Aged Care Nursing (111001)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Residential Client Care (111718)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Deposited On: 11 Feb 2013 00:28
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2013 01:45

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