Ethical framework of assistive devices: Review and reflection
The population of ageing is growing significantly over the world, and there is an emerging demand for better healthcare services and more care centres. Innovations of Information and Communication Technology has resulted in development of various types of assistive robots to fulfill elderly’s needs and independency, whilst carrying out daily routine tasks. This makes it vital to have a clear understanding of elderly’s needs and expectations from assistive robots. This paper addresses current ethical issues to understand elderly’s prime needs. Also, we consider other general ethics with the purpose of applying these theories to form a proper ethics framework. In the ethics framework, the ethical concerns of senior citizens will be prioritized to satisfy elderly’s needs and also to diminish related expenses to healthcare services.... [Show full abstract]
Keywordsrobot ethics; assistive medical robots; robot ethics framework; older adults; assistive walking device framework; ethics concerns; ethics issues
Fields of Research11 Medical and Health Sciences; 111702 Aged Health Care; 090304 Medical Devices; 220106 Medical Ethics
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CitationMansouri, N., Goher, K., & Hosseini, S.E. (2017). Ethical framework of assistive devices: Review and reflection. Robotics and Biomimetics, 4:19. doi:10.1186/s40638-017-0074-2
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