Health

Volume 11, Issue 12 (December 2019)

ISSN Print: 1949-4998   ISSN Online: 1949-5005

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The Intermediary Roles of Public Health Nurses (PHNs) in Utilizing Communication Robots (CRs) in Community Health Care Practice

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DOI: 10.4236/health.2019.1112121    406 Downloads   800 Views  Citations

ABSTRACT

Robot technology is expected to reduce the burden of medical professionals, a concern in the super-aged society. The aim of this article is to determine the intermediary roles of Public Health Nurses (PHNs) in using Communication Robots (CRs) in Community Health care. It is necessary to consider who will manage, and how to draw lines of responsibility when a problem occurs when using robots in the future. Regarding the mediator or intermediary role of PHNs in the use of CRs, PHNs are expected to be cognizant of varieties of robots for use with persons of diverse ages and health levels, as well as of robot performances. As one of the community healthcare workers who service the elderly living in the community, the role of PHNs as mediators or intermediaries is to pay attention to ethical and moral issues while working with CRs to manage the health of the community. Lack of understanding of the intermediary role might create possible ethico-moral issues in the future. Therefore, it is critical for PHNs to understand their role as intermediaries. In doing so, it is expected that older people at home will be able to live peaceful lives, as well as be physically and mentally healthy.

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Kawai, C. , Betriana, F. , Tanioka, T. , Yasuhara, Y. , Ito, H. , Tanioka, R. , Nakano, Y. , Yokotani, T. , Osaka, K. and Locsin, R. (2019) The Intermediary Roles of Public Health Nurses (PHNs) in Utilizing Communication Robots (CRs) in Community Health Care Practice. Health, 11, 1598-1608. doi: 10.4236/health.2019.1112121.

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