Using a therapeutic companion robot for dementia symptoms in long-term care: reflections from a cluster-RCT

Wendy Moyle, Cindy Jones, Jenny Murfield, Lukman Thalib, Elizabeth Beattie, David Shum, Brian Draper

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Abstract

Objectives: We undertook a cluster-randomised controlled trial exploring the effect of a therapeutic companion robot (PARO) compared to a look-alike plush toy and usual care on dementia symptoms of long-term care residents. Complementing the reported quantitative outcomes, this paper provides critical reflection and commentary on individual participant responses to PARO, observed through video recordings, with a view to informing clinical practice and research. Method: A descriptive, qualitative design with five participants selected from the PARO intervention arm of the trial. The trial is registered with the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ACTRN12614000508673). Results: The five participants and their responses to PARO are presented in terms of three issues: i.) Different pre-intervention clinical presentations and different responses; ii.) Same individual, different response – the need for continual assessment and review; and iii.) The ethics of giving and retrieving PARO. Implications for clinical practice and future research are discussed in relation to each issue. Conclusion: The findings suggest that one approach does not fit all, and that there is considerable variation in responses to PARO. A number of recommendations are discussed to aid the delivery of psychosocial interventions with PARO in practice, as well as to guide future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-336
Number of pages8
JournalAging and Mental Health
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2019
Externally publishedYes

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Moyle, Wendy ; Jones, Cindy ; Murfield, Jenny ; Thalib, Lukman ; Beattie, Elizabeth ; Shum, David ; Draper, Brian. / Using a therapeutic companion robot for dementia symptoms in long-term care : reflections from a cluster-RCT. In: Aging and Mental Health. 2019 ; Vol. 23, No. 3. pp. 329-336.
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Using a therapeutic companion robot for dementia symptoms in long-term care : reflections from a cluster-RCT. / Moyle, Wendy; Jones, Cindy; Murfield, Jenny; Thalib, Lukman; Beattie, Elizabeth; Shum, David; Draper, Brian.

In: Aging and Mental Health, Vol. 23, No. 3, 04.03.2019, p. 329-336.

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