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Niels Christian M Nickelsen

Personalized care: enabling imagined futures with care robotics

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Digitization currently re-perform healthcare to provide high quality and low cost care. Assistive feeding technology (AFT) is relevant to citizens with low function in their arms. Yet, despite large-scale dissemination strategies, it proves difficult to use this technology in long periods. Healthcare technologies are part of a long chain of people, ideas, materials and money, and come with a specific problematization. This, intertwines with users and care providers’ values, and results in much work to adapt the technology. This study took place at different locations in Denmark and Sweden. Based on desk research, observation of meals and interviews; visions, design assumptions and tinkering in relation to the use of AFT in care-institutions is examined. We argue that body-robot interaction demands intensified care provider engagement that leads to still more personalized care. The study contributes to STS by providing an empirical analysis where various stakeholders’ ideas of good are in focus.
Original languageEnglish
JournalScience & Technology Studies
Number of pages23
Publication statusSubmitted - 10 Oct 2019

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    Research areas

  • Care robots, care work, tinkering, disability, implementation

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