Can the Paro be my Buddy? Meaningful experiences from the perspectives of older adults

Shu Chuan Chen, Boyd H. Davis, Ching Yi Kuo, Margaret Maclagan, Chun O. Chien, Mei Feng Lin

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This study aimed to explore meaningful experiences of older Taiwanese adults who had received a Paro (social robot) companion. Semi-structured qualitative interviews elicited the perspectives of 25 older adults living in a long-term care facility after they had interacted with an individual Paro companion for 8 weeks. Thematic analysis was used in this study as it allows for rich, detailed, and complex descriptions of qualitative data. Analysis identified four themes: Bridging my social bonds; Acting as a comfort Buddy; Relieving my emotional distress; and Encountering Paro with distancing. Although Paro's functioning has some limits, such as lacking speech, most participants expressed that the experience was positive. These findings revealed that the meaningful experiences expressed by participants at the end of the intervention with Paro might provide the value of companionship and improve interpersonal relationships for older adults in geriatric nursing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)130-137
Number of pages8
JournalGeriatric Nursing
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Jan 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gerontology


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