Title

Acceptability and Usability of a Telepresence Robot for Geriatric Primary Care: A Pilot

Publication Title

Geriatric Nursing

Publication Date

6-2015

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1016/j.gerinurse.2015.04.009

Keywords

older adult, remote presence robot, primary care

Disciplines

Geriatric Nursing

Abstract

The dual challenge of increasing numbers of older adults and overall increases in those with some form of insurance is driving the need to develop and evaluate novel methods of primary care delivery such as telehealth. The goal of this study was to explore the acceptability and usability of a remote presence robot (RPR) in a simulated primary care wellness encounter for older adults. A descriptive exploratory study was used to determine the acceptability and usability of the RPR operated by an APRN 250 miles from 13 older adults residing in a high rise during a simulated primary care visit. The results support previous research that technology such as the RPR can be both acceptable and useful for an older adult and primary care provider but only in certain circumstances.