Abstract

Prevention is a central tenet of modern healthcare. New ways of informing, educating, and allowing patients to keep track of their health are continually developing. Integrating technology that bridges the gap between healthcare providers and their patients is essential in today's digital age. One emerging idea is the use of home healthcare embodied agents. Embodied agents are conservational interfaces that can interact and look like human beings. They can exhibit both verbal and non-verbal language cues and be capable of having a natural conversation. This kind of technology could help both patients and healthcare providers by giving patients a helpful assistant that can educate and take care of particular healthcare needs through conversations with the patient. This could potentially improve patient outcomes, thereby reducing trips to the healthcare provider's office and relieving the burden on physicians and other healthcare providers. This research will focus on home healthcare embodied agents' priorities and the opportunities that this technology can present. A literature review was done to examine the current use of embodied agents in home healthcare settings to establish their present capabilities and applications. Additionally, the strategies/techniques used by home healthcare workers interacting with patients were investigated. By examining the provider-patient relationship and the use of home healthcare embodied agents in tandem, related findings were identified and potential gaps in current research were found that may help direct future exploration.

Thesis Completion

2021

Semester

Fall

Thesis Chair

Welch, Gregory F.

Degree

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

College

College of Nursing

Language

English

Access Status

Open Access

Release Date

12-1-2021

Included in

Nursing Commons

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