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Two studies on acceptance of eldercare robots

A recent European study (Special Eurobarometer 382, "PUBLIC ATTITUDES TOWARDS ROBOTS") indicates that even if the majority of EU citizens have a positive view of robots there is resistance to having elderly people minded by a robot. 60% of EU citizens believe that robots should not be used to the care of children, elderly people and people with disabilities. Besides, in none of the Member States healthcare or domestic use are considered a top priority for the use of robots. The proportion of respondents selecting healthcare as a priority area ranges from 8%  to 38%.

Another recent study from Georgia Institute of Technology (HFES 56th Annual Meeting proceedings paper, "Older Adults’ Preferences for and Acceptance of Robot Assistance for Everyday Living Tasks") showed that seniors preferred robotic help for household chores but not for personal needs (help getting dressed, bathing, etc.).

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