The usability and feasibility validation of the social robot MINI in people with dementia and mild cognitive impairment; a study protocol Articles uri icon

publication date

  • December 2022

start page

  • 1

end page

  • 8


  • 22

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1471-244X


  • Background: Social robots have demonstrated promising outcomes in terms of increasing the social health and well-being of people with dementia and mild cognitive impairment. According to the World Health Organization's Monitoring and assessing digital health interventions framework, usability and feasibility studies are crucial before implementing prototype social robots and proving their efficacy and effectiveness. This protocol paper aims to detail the plan for conducting the usability and feasibility study of the MINI robot based on evidence-based recommended methodology. Methods: In this study, an experimental design and a mixed method of data collection will be applied. Twenty participants aged 65 and over with dementia or mild cognitive impairment will be recruited. Eight sessions of interaction with the robot, as well as qualitative and quantitative assessments, will be accomplished. The research will take place in a laboratory. Ethical approvals have been acquired. This research will be valuable in the development of the MINI robot and its practical deployment in the actual world, as well as the methodological evidence base in the sector of social robots. Discussion: By the winter of 2022-23, the findings of this study will be accessible for dissemination. This study will aid to improve the evidence-based methodology used to study the feasibility and usability of social robots in people with dementia and mild cognitive impairment as well as what can be learned to advance such study designs in the future.


  • Psychology
  • Robotics and Industrial Informatics
  • Sociology


  • acceptability; dementia; feasibility; social robots; study design; usability