About the Special Issue
The increasing introduction of robotics in care for health and well-being clearly indicates that robots are no longer science fiction. Although usually not as humanlike as in popular movies, today’s robots are used for a growing number and diversity of purposes, ranging from surgery to companionship. The introduction of robots in healthcare has many potential advantages. In some areas, their performance can be superior to human performance. In addition, they could increase the autonomy of care receivers, improve care safety, increase efficiency, reduce societal costs and reduce staff shortages. Yet concerns with the introduction of robots into healthcare are also heard. Critical thoughts often relate to dependability, safety, liability, privacy, job losses and reduced human interaction.
Given huge investment, such as through the EU’s Ambient and Assisted Living program, it is unlikely that the development and introduction of robots in healthcare will become less relevant or come to a halt. Therefore, this special issue aims to highlight the introduction and implications of robotics in nursing care.
The Journal of Nursing Scholarship invites authors to submit original research articles as well as review articles that address the desirability, development, evaluation or implementation of robotics in any area of nursing care.
Robotics should be understood as referring to technology with some degree of autonomy. “An autonomous robot is a machine that can operate and perform tasks by itself without continuous human guidance”. (Broadbent Ann Rev Psych 2017;68:627-652) Autonomous robots relevant to nursing care are commonly described as 1. Assistive robots, referring to robots with physical or practical tasks; 2. Social robots, referring to robots for companionship and interaction; and 3. Service robots, referring to robots with combined assistive and social functions.
Relevant research articles include, but are not limited to:
- Descriptions of views and attitudes towards robotics in care receivers, nurses, managers and other stakeholders;
- Reports of ethical analyses of the potential implications of the use of robots in nursing care;
- Reports the development of robotics for nursing care, and the involvement of care receivers’ and nurses’ in such development;
- Qualitative or quantitative research reports on experiences with the use of robotics, from the perspectives of all relevant users and stakeholders;
- Study reports on outcomes of the introduction of robots in a variety of areas (personal autonomy, care quality and safety, efficiency, nurse staffing, costs etc.);
- Descriptions and evaluations of the short and long-term implementation of robots in nursing care.
Please refer to the special issue on Robotics in Nursing in your cover letter.
Manuscripts should be submitted here.
Author guidelines are available here.
Manuscript Due: 1 November 2017
Estimated Publication Date: September 2018
Prof.dr Theo van Achterberg & Prof.dr. Bernadette Dierckx de Casterlé, both at KU Leuven, Belgium