A1 Journal article (refereed), original research

Embedding care robots into society and practice: Socio-technical considerations

Open Access hybrid publication

Publication Details
Authors: Pekkarinen Satu, Hennala Lea, Tuisku Outi, Gustafsson Christine, Johansson-Pajala Rose-Marie, Thommes Kirsten, Hoppe Julia A., Melkas Helinä
Publisher: Elsevier: 24 months
Publication year: 2020
Language: English
Related Journal or Series Information: Futures
Volume number: 122
ISSN: 0016-3287
eISSN: 1873-6378
JUFO-Level of this publication: 2
Open Access: Open Access hybrid publication


Robots are not yet typical in daily use in elder care services, but
recent studies suggest that they will soon be mainstream. In this study,
we focus on the future of elder care, affected by the emergence of care
robotics. We tackle the socio-technical transition—a multi-level change
with a re-configuration of social and technological elements of the
system—of elder care. The transition in the elder care system and the
conditions of the embedding the robots in welfare services and society
in three European countries, Germany, Sweden and Finland, are examined.
Our qualitative study focuses on current situation in the use of robots
in elder care as well as advancing and hindering elements in embedding
robots into society and elder care practices. According to the results,
there is a shift towards using robots in care, but remarkable inertia
exists in both technological development and socio-institutional
adaptation. Advancing and hindering elements in transition are both
technical and social – and increasingly interrelated, which needs to be
considered in management and policy measures to promote successful
future transition pathways. The change of attitudes and embedding robots
into society is promoted, for instance, by raising relevant knowledge
on robots at different levels.

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