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Update(MM/DD/YYYY):01/16/2020

Start of Free Distribution of "Long-term Care Robot Development Guidebook"

– Publication of final products of AMED project to promote the Development and Introduction of Robotic Devices for Long-term Care (Standard Formulation and Evaluation Project) –


Researcher: Robot Innovation Research Center

Points

  • Free distribution of a guidebook and related documents that summarize safety design, testing methods, and effectiveness evaluation methods for long-term care robots
  • Proposal of a long-term care robot design method that starts with setting life function goals for care recipients and nursing care staff
  • Expected to contribute to promoting the development of long-term care robots that address issues such as a nursing care staff shortage
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V model of long-term care robot development


Background

Long-term care robots are being developed with the aim of assisting the self-sufficient living of elderly people and reducing the burden on nursing care staff. However, there were no documents summarizing information such as safety design and testing methods for development of long-term care robots, or a design method that includes life function goals for care recipients and nursing care staff. This meant that developers had to proceed with development by trial and error, so documents that cover these contents were demanded.

Summary

"Long-term Care Robot Development Guidebook" and related documents were created in cooperation with the Japan Quality Assurance Organization, Applied Vision Systems Corporation, Aichi Medical University, Japan Automobile Research Institute, Japan Organization of Occupational Health and Safety, Nagoya University, Japan Assistive Products Evaluation Center, Japan Robot Association, and Japan Assistive Products Association. Free distribution via a long-term care robot portal site (http://robotcare.jp/) started from September 10, 2018.

This guidebook mainly targets long-term care robot developers, and systematically summarizes information such as safety design and testing methods for development of long-term care robots, and a design method that includes life function goals for care recipients and nursing care staff. Related documents also published simultaneously with the guidebook include "Safety Handbook for Development of Long-term Care Robots", "Long-term Care Robot Proving Test Guideline", "Ethical Review Application Guideline", and "Long-term Care Robot Development and Introduction Guideline". It is expected that use of these documents by long-term care robot development sites will promote the development of even safer and more effective long-term care robots, help address issues in long-term care such as assistance to the self-sufficient living of elderly people, and a shortage of nursing care staff.







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