Print Email Facebook Twitter Using a robot to personalise health education for children with diabetes type 1: A pilot study Title Using a robot to personalise health education for children with diabetes type 1: A pilot study Author Blanson Henkemans, O.A. Bierman, B.P.B. Janssen, J. Neerincx, M.A. Looije, R. van der Bosch, H. van der Giessen, J.A.M. Publication year 2013 Abstract Objective Assess the effects of personalised robot behaviours on the enjoyment and motivation of children (8–12) with diabetes, and on their acquisition of health knowledge, in educational play. Methods Children (N = 5) played diabetes quizzes against a personal or neutral robot on three occasions: once at the clinic, twice at home. The personal robot asked them about their names, sports and favourite colours, referred to these data during the interaction, and engaged in small talk. Fun, motivation and diabetes knowledge was measured. Child–robot interaction was observed. Results Children said the robot and quiz were fun, but this appreciation declined over time. With the personal robot, the children looked more at the robot and spoke more. The children mimicked the robot. Finally, an increase in knowledge about diabetes was observed. Conclusion The study provides strong indication for how a personal robot can help children to improve health literacy in an enjoyable way. Children mimic the robot. When the robot is personal, they follow suit. Our results are positive and establish a good foundation for further development and testing in a larger study. Practice implications Using a robot in health care could contribute to self-management in children and help them to cope with their illness. Subject HumanLS - Life Style PCS - Perceptual and Cognitive SystemsBSS - Behavioural and Societal SciencesHealthy for LifeHealthHealthy LivingGamingKnowledgeMotivationSelf-determinationSelf-management To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:9b90fecd-7c2b-4961-a735-8d367f1e991e DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2013.04.012 TNO identifier 472086 Source Patient education and counseling, 92 (2), 174-81 Document type article Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.