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David Oliver: Will robotic automation solve social care?

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k4854 (Published 21 November 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4854

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Re: David Oliver: Will robotic automation solve social care?

Like David Oliver I have been unable to find out how the data relating to time saving was arrived at.

For occupational therapy the Darzi report quotes 25%.

My son is an occupational therapist working with children with special needs. Having heard about his working week, I cannot imagine how automation might free up 25% of his time. Indeed, in the paper quoted in the IPPR review from the Martin group in Oxford, occupational therapy is 6th out of 702 in order of job roles likely to be replaced by automation (probability 0.0035). Statisticians come in at position 213 (probablility 0.22).

Competing interests: No competing interests

30 November 2018
Irene M Stratton
Senior medical statistician
Gloucestershire Retinal Research Group
Gloucester Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust