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Social and Assistive Robotics in Dementia Care: Ethical Recommendations for Research and Practice

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Ienca Marcello, Jotterand Fabrice, Vică Constantin., Elger Bernice,
Project Building bioethics capacities in education and doctoral training: a collaborative network among Moldova, Romania and Switzerland
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal International Journal of Social Robotics
Page(s) 1
Title of proceedings International Journal of Social Robotics
DOI 10.1007/s12369-016-0366-7


The steadily growing number of older adults with dementia worldwide poses a major challenge for global public health. The integration of robotics into both formal and informal dementia care opens up new possibilities for improving the life of patients and alleviating the burden on caregivers and the healthcare services. However, ethical, legal and social implications should be considered early in the development of assistive and social robots for dementia to prevent slow adoption, incorrect implementation and inappropriate use. This paper delineates the ethical landscape and provides recommendations for design and use aimed at protecting users and maximizing the benefit in assisting such vulnerable population.