Do You Have Pain? A Robot who Cares

Roel Boumans, Fokke Van Meulen, Koen Hindriks, Mark Neerincx, Marcel Olde Rikkert

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Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) are a means of collecting information on the effectiveness of care delivered to patients as perceived by the patients themselves. A patient's pain level is a typical parameter only a patient him/herself can describe. It is an important measure for a person?s quality of life. When a patient stays in a Dutch hospital, nursing staff needs to ask a patient for its pain level at least three times a day. Due to their work pressure, this requirement is regularly not met. A social robot available as a bed side companion for a patient during his hospital stay, might be able to ask the patient's pain level regularly. The video shows that this innovation in PROM data acquisition is feasible in older persons.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHRI 2018 - Companion of the 2018 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
PublisherACM, IEEE Computer Society
Number of pages1
ISBN (Electronic)9781450356152
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event13th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction, HRI 2018 - Chicago, United States
Duration: 5 Mar 20188 Mar 2018


Conference13th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction, HRI 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • elderly
  • interaction design
  • pain
  • pain level
  • patient reported outcome measures
  • social robot


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