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Master Thesis

Le robot Nao : étude d’utilisabilité dans la pratique orthophonique en gériatrie

Abstract : Social robots as Nao are increasingly studied in geriatrics. The interrogations are about the benefits of their presence for elderly patients and their interest in the health professionals’ practice.
There are no specific studies on the benefits of Nao for speech therapists despite their work in geriatric services with patients suffering from neurocognitive disorders.
To compensate this lack, we carried out exploratory research in the form of user tests with three speech therapists. We wanted to understand the determinants of the Nao robot’s use in speech therapy during individual sessions in geriatric institutions, with patients suffering from neurocognitive disorders.
The speech therapists participating in our study, with Nao controlled by a “Magicien d’Oz”, conducted two sessions of rehabilitation with patients they chose, during an exploratory study with user tests. Therefore we used a combined qualitative (interviews, focus groups, evaluation grid) and quantitative method (standardised scales) to evaluate the robot’s usability for speech therapists, their level of acceptability of the tool, the impact of that use on their work and the ethical questions raised by the use of this technology.
Used as a mediation tool during language rehabilitation sessions, Nao seems to be efficient and effective enough for speech therapists. Nao is globally accepted by professionals who highlight positive features thanks to its utilisation, even if using it imply some changes within their work’s organization and reflection upon its role ethically speaking alongside patients and professionals.
The results of our study are encouraging, it appears interesting to further research this subject.
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Elsa Davila. Le robot Nao : étude d’utilisabilité dans la pratique orthophonique en gériatrie. Sciences cognitives. 2021. ⟨dumas-03343343⟩



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