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Social Robots in Hospitals: A Systematic Review

Departamento de Ingeniería Informática y de Sistemas, Escuela de Ingeniería y Tecnología, Universidad de La Laguna, 38204 La Laguna, Spain
Department of Didactic and Educational Organization, Faculty of Education, International Observatory in Hospital Pedagogy, Universitat de Barcelona, 08035 Barcelona, Spain
Departamento de Informática e Ingeniería Industrial, Escuela Politécnica Superior, Universitat de Lleida, 25001 Lleida, Spain
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Academic Editor: Manuel Armada
Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(13), 5976;
Received: 15 April 2021 / Revised: 6 June 2021 / Accepted: 24 June 2021 / Published: 27 June 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Social Robotics and Human-Robot Interaction (HRI))
Hospital environments are facing new challenges this century. One of the most important is the quality of services to patients. Social robots are gaining prominence due to the advantages they offer; in particular, several of their main uses have proven beneficial during the pandemic. This study aims to shed light on the current status of the design of social robots and their interaction with patients. To this end, a systematic review was conducted using WoS and MEDLINE, and the results were exhaustive analyzed. The authors found that most of the initiatives and projects serve the elderly and children, and specifically, that they helped these groups fight diseases such as dementia, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), cancer, and diabetes. View Full-Text
Keywords: social robot; design; interaction; hospital; healthcare social robot; design; interaction; hospital; healthcare
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González-González, C.S.; Violant-Holz, V.; Gil-Iranzo, R.M. Social Robots in Hospitals: A Systematic Review. Appl. Sci. 2021, 11, 5976.

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González-González CS, Violant-Holz V, Gil-Iranzo RM. Social Robots in Hospitals: A Systematic Review. Applied Sciences. 2021; 11(13):5976.

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González-González, Carina S., Verónica Violant-Holz, and Rosa M. Gil-Iranzo. 2021. "Social Robots in Hospitals: A Systematic Review" Applied Sciences 11, no. 13: 5976.

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