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Humanoid robot for children with type1 diabetes

Challenges and ethical implications of a supportive tool in the therapeutic process

Virginia Sanchini, University of Milan, Italy and San Raffaele Research Institute, Italy

Type 1 Diabetes (T1DM) is an overwhelming pathology, since it requires to cope with different therapeutic tasks and to adopt major life changes. In recent years, it is widely spreading up, affecting a growing number of children. Some proposals have been raised with respect to the introduction of humanoid robots in the healthcare domain for paediatric patients, especially in the contexts of rehabilitation and autism. Our aim is to discuss to what extent a humanoid robot can represent a supportive tool for children with T1DM and their families, thus proving to have a huge impact in the diabetes-related care process.