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Telepresence robots to reduce school absenteeism among children with cancer, neuromuscular diseases, or anxiety—the expectations of children and teachers : A qualitative study in Denmark

Weibel, Mette LU ; Skoubo, Sofie ; Handberg, Charlotte ; Brogaard Bertel, Lykke ; Steinrud, Nooni Camilla ; Schmiegelow, Kjeld ; Kristensson Hallström, Inger LU and Larsen, Hanne Baekgaard (2023) In Computers in Human Behavior Reports 10.
Abstract
Background
This study explores expectations for telepresence robots as a tool to reduce absence in education as school absence negatively influences children's academic advancement and psychosocial wellbeing.

Design
A qualitative semi-structured interview study.

Method and population
Using convenience sampling, we interviewed 11 children aged 8–17 years with cancer (n = 4), neuromuscular diseases (n = 3) or anxiety (n = 4) who had a high level of school absence (more than 15 days’ absence in a school year), and who had recently encountered a telepresence robot; and eight of their teachers. A thematical analysis and a deductive approach based on the theory of Technological frames were... (More)
Background
This study explores expectations for telepresence robots as a tool to reduce absence in education as school absence negatively influences children's academic advancement and psychosocial wellbeing.

Design
A qualitative semi-structured interview study.

Method and population
Using convenience sampling, we interviewed 11 children aged 8–17 years with cancer (n = 4), neuromuscular diseases (n = 3) or anxiety (n = 4) who had a high level of school absence (more than 15 days’ absence in a school year), and who had recently encountered a telepresence robot; and eight of their teachers. A thematical analysis and a deductive approach based on the theory of Technological frames were used.

Results
The children's and teachers' expectations of how telepresence robots could support them in reducing their school absence were identified and structured in three categories and five main themes: 1) Nature of technology: a) Learning, b) Sociality, c) Additional supportive resources; 2) Technology strategy: a) Flexible school day; 3) Technology in use: a) New workflows.

Conclusion
This study indicates that implementation requires additional resources from teachers. Children with disease-related school absence and their teachers expect telepresence robots to reconnect the children socially, by maintaining or creating new friendships, and academically, by fostering inclusion and reducing absence. (Less)
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2451-9588
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10.1016/j.chbr.2023.100280
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Tillbaka i skola med robotteknologi
iCOPE – the interregional Childhood Oncology Precision medicine Exploration
eHealth as an aid for facilitating and supporting self-management in families with long-term childhood illness – development, evaluation and implementation in clinical practice
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