An In-home Advanced Robotic System to Manage Elderly Home-care Patients' Medications : A Pilot Safety and Usability Study

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Rantanen , P , Parkkari , T , Leikola , S , Airaksinen , M & Lyles , A 2017 , ' An In-home Advanced Robotic System to Manage Elderly Home-care Patients' Medications : A Pilot Safety and Usability Study ' , Clinical Therapeutics , vol. 39 , no. 5 , pp. 1054-1061 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clinthera.2017.03.020

Title: An In-home Advanced Robotic System to Manage Elderly Home-care Patients' Medications : A Pilot Safety and Usability Study
Author: Rantanen, Pekka; Parkkari, Timo; Leikola, Saija; Airaksinen, Marja; Lyles, Alan
Contributor: University of Helsinki, University of Helsinki
Date: 2017-05
Language: eng
Number of pages: 8
Belongs to series: Clinical Therapeutics
ISSN: 0149-2918
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/222904
Abstract: Purpose: We examined the safety profile and usability of an integrated advanced robotic device and telecare system to promote medication adherence for elderly home-care patients. Methods: There were two phases. Phase I aimed to verify under controlled conditions in a single nursing home (n = 17 patients) that no robotic malfunctions would hinder the device's safe use. Phase II involved home-care patients from 3 sites (n = 27) who were on long-term medication. On-time dispensing and missed doses were recorded by the robotic system. Patients' and nurses' experiences were assessed with structured interviews. Findings: The 17 nursing home patients had 457 total days using the device (Phase I; mean, 26.9 per patient). On-time sachet retrieval occurred with 97.7% of the alerts, and no medication doses were missed. At baseline, Phase II home-dwelling patients reported difficulty remembering to take their medicines (23%), and 18% missed at least 2 doses per week. Most Phase II patients (78%) lived alone. The device delivered and patients retrieved medicine sachets for 99% of the alerts. All patients and 96% of nurses reported the device was easy to use. (C) 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier HS Journals, Inc.
Subject: aged
home-care services
medication adherence
medication therapy management
robotic system
RANDOMIZED-CONTROLLED-TRIAL
DOSE-DISPENSING SERVICE
IMPROVE ADHERENCE
COMMUNITY
REMINDERS
REGISTER
PEOPLE
317 Pharmacy
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