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Letters Robots and social care

Robotic automation can improve the lives of people who need social care

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 08 January 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l62
  1. Tony J Prescott, professor of cognitive robotics1,
  2. Julie M Robillard, assistant professor of neurology2
  1. 1University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
  2. 2University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  1. t.j.prescott{at}

Oliver asks whether robotic automation will solve social care.1 It will not, but it can improve the lives of people with care needs.

The recent report for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Robotics and Autonomous Systems Network considered the state of social care in the UK, where standards of care are falling dramatically, and reviewed the potential of robotics to address some of the challenges.2 Its key focus, …

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