Irena Papadopoulos

Irena Papadopoulos
Middlesex University, UK · Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education Dpt Mental Health and Social Work

PhD, MA(Ed), BA, RN, RM, NDN, DipN, DipNE

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Introduction
Founder & Head of Research Centre for Transcultural Studies in Health, Middlesex University, London. Founding member & current elected president of ETNA the European Transcultural Nursing Association http://www.europeantransculturalnurses.eu/ Research interests: culture/ethnicity/ inequalities in health, co-creation/co-production of knowledge, cultural competence, culturally competent compassion and culturally competent Robots. PhD, MA(Ed), BA, DipEd, DipN, NDN, RM, RN, FHEA
Additional affiliations
May 2005 - May 2010
Cyprus University of Technology
Position
  • Member of the Advisory Committee for the establishment of the Department of Nursing (curriculum and protocols)and  Member of the staff appointing committee (2005-2010)
September 1995 - present
Middlesex University, UK
Position
  • Professor and Head of Research Centre for Transcultural Studies in Health
Education
September 1994 - September 1999
University of North London now London Metropolitan
Field of study
  • Sociology
September 1987 - July 1989
Institute of Education, University of London
Field of study
  • Education
September 1985 - July 1987
The Open University (UK)
Field of study
  • Combined Sciences , Health and Education

Publications

Publications (233)
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To analyse and validate a contextually adapted version of the Papadopoulos’ Cultural Competence Assessment Tool (CCATool) for Spanish undergraduate nursing students. Globalization has driven and intensified international migration. Thus, nurses must treat patients of many different cultural origins. Accordingly, both cultural competence and an appr...
Poster
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In holistic care, traditional medicines and non-biomedical healing, the physical presence of receivers and providers is essential, as they often incorporate spiritual care and therapies, as well as touching, manual techniques and other bodily manipulations. Approximating rituals, in these practices, (health)care and religion/spirituality blend. Thi...
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Transcultural Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in Health and Social Care provides health and social care professionals with a deeper understanding of the incredible opportunities brought by the emerging field of AI robotics. In addition, it provides robotic researchers with the point-of-view of healthcare professionals to understand what the he...
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This chapter describes in detail the processes involved from the development of stories to the production of scenarios that would lead to the eventual construction of the guidelines for a culturally competent, artificially intelligent, socially assistive robot. The authors used a systematic approach, involving multiple layers for developing the ini...
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This chapter describes in detail the processes involved from the development of theories and tools which were used to collect and analyse data to help the production of and evaluation of the interim and final guidelines. The chapter introduces the ADORE model which enables the robot to capture culture-specific information about the user thus avoidi...
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This final chapter will stimulate debate about the future of AI social robotics and technological developments. The chapter analyses current trends and tries to guess how AI technology may develop in the near future. Technical challenges, ethical issues, regulations, and society’s preparation for the proliferation of intelligent machines are discus...
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Transcultural Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in Health and Social Care provides healthcare professionals with a deeper understanding of the incredible opportunities brought by the emerging field of AI robotics. In addition, it provides robotic researchers with the point-of-view of healthcare professionals to understand what the healthcare sec...
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Prompted by the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, this chapter draws evidence from research studies regarding the huge changes in the practices and methods for providing nursing, medical, and spiritual care in massively prohibitive working environments. Examples of AI and robotic devices used during the pandemic will be covered in the spirit of constructive...
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IntroductionResearch suggests that specific training on LGBT+ issues may improve the competencies and skills of health and social care (HSC) professionals, which reduces the negative attitudes toward LGBT+ people. Despite this, there seems to be a lack of coverage of LGBT+ needs in HSC education. The present study aims to explore the specific LGBT+...
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Background: Spirituality is beneficial to health. Evidence around the benefits of Spiritual care (SC) is advancing, and training is becoming part of healthcare professional development. As the COVID-19 crisis showed, during major health disasters (MHDs), the demand for SC grows exponentially, while the burden of care and focus on preserving life o...
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Join us in this free webinar to hear about and discuss our recent report concerning the provision of spiritual care and support in the COVID-19 pandemic
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Introduction. The IENE projects (2008–2022) aim to promote a model for developing intercultural dialogue and enhance the ability to provide culturally competent and compassionate care for the health and social care professionals at national and European levels. The IENE 9 project, named “Developing a culturally competent and compassionate LGBT + cu...
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This chapter draws content from three literature reviews to provide an overview of the different types of humanoid and animal like robots used in health care settings. The factors that influence the acceptance of socially assistive robots by health and social care potential and actual users, family caregivers and healthcare professionals will be di...
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This chapter briefly provides the motivation for writing this book, and the philosophical stance which underpins all the chapters with regard to artificially intelligent (AI) technologies and robotics. The first major part of this chapter introduces the reader to the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) and explores the impact this had and continues...
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Preparing health and social care workers to work with socially assistive artificially intelligent robots in health and social care environments
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Background: Refugee parents who fled conflicts suffered violence and traumas and face huge challenges in supporting the health and welfare of their children whilst in transit. Aims: To describe the development of a culturally competent and compassionate Training and Support Package (TSP) for nurses, social and health care workers and volunteers, wi...
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Aim: The study aimed to explore the views and attitudes of care home workers about the socially assistive robot that was trialled in their workplace, in order to identify training needs in relation to the hypothetical future use of these robots in their workplace. Background: Care home workers face challenging workload conditions which may require...
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Aim To explore the views of an international sample of nursing and midwifery managers concerning attributes that they associate with compassionate management. Method A cross-sectional online survey. Using a snowballing sampling method, 1217 responses were collected from nursing and midwifery managers in 17 countries. A total of complete 933 respon...
Technical Report
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Abstract Background Spirituality is an integral part of being human, and should therefore be part of all fields of healthcare such as prevention, treatment, coping, recovery or death. During Major Health Disasters (MHDs), the demand for Spiritual Care and Support (SCS) grows exponentially, while the emergency burden of care and focus on preserving...
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Spiritual support is a key element of holistic care, and better healthcare professionals training and stronger strategic guidelines become urgent in light of health disasters and emergencies, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. To this end, the aim of this study was to explore spiritual support provision within mass and social media and the websites of...
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A correction to this paper has been published: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-021-01274-x
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Spirituality is a broad concept, revolving around the notions of connection, meaning, transcendence and values. Spirituality can encompass religion, or not, yet both appear to increase human wellbeing and health. For this, Spiritual Support is key to holistic, compassionate care (Papadopoulos, 2018), and its benefits for patients have been demonstr...
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Introduction: Despite the importance of compassionate leadership in health care, many of the existing publications do not account for the effect of culture. The aim of this study is to explore the views of nursing and midwifery managers from different countries in relation to the definition, advantages, and importance of compassion. Methodology: A...
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Do you work with refugee families, or wish and plan to? Are you a trained/in-training healthcare professional, social worker, or volunteer? Are you a migrant or refugee parent? This free and certified online training event may be just right for you! This training package will offer you the opportunity to enhance knowledge and skills in parentin...
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We conducted a rapid scoping review of social media and internet sources exploring how spiritual support was provided to patients during the first wave of the pandemic (March to May 2020) and in summary we found that: Covid-19 had a massive impact on how spiritual support was conceived, and enacted within the NHS hospitals in England but still rem...
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The webinar is part of the IENE 8 project "Empowering Migrants and Refugees with Parenting Skills". Visit http://ienerefugeehub.eu/iene8/ for more information. Here is the link to register for the webinar room: https://tinyurl.com/y57xaytk or scan the QR code. The webinar will start at 13:00 (UK Time) sharp. Please make sure you login into the room...
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The webinar is part of the IENE 8 project "Empowering Migrants and Refugees with Parenting Skills". Visit http://ienerefugeehub.eu/iene8/ for more information. Here is the link to register for the webinar room: https://tinyurl.com/y57xaytk or scan the QR code. The webinar will start at 13:00 (UK Time) sharp. Please make sure you login into the room...
Technical Report
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This rapid exploration of available online data sought to address the following questions: To what extent has the provision of spiritual support for the COVID-19 hospitalised patients been covered by mass and social media and the websites of spiritual leaders/institutions and those of the NHS, in England, in the period between 20th March to 20th M...
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Aim: To explore the views of an international sample of nursing and midwifery managers concerning attributes that they associate with compassionate management. Method: A cross-sectional online survey. Using a snowballing sampling method, 1,217 responses were collected from nursing and midwifery managers in 17 countries. A total of complete 933 resp...
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This chapter focuses on people of Greek heritage and provides a brief overview of cultural communication patterns, family relationships, gender roles, health care practices and behaviors. Adopting a historical and geopolitical approach, relevant evidence is presented on factors that have affected the immigration of Greek heritage people around the...
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Aim To explore nursing and midwifery managers’ views regarding obstacles to compassion‐giving across country cultures. Background The benefit of compassionate leadership is being advocated, but despite the fact that health care is invariably conducted within culturally diverse workplaces, the interconnection of culture, compassion and leadership i...
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Aim: To explore nursing and midwifery managers' views regarding obstacles to compassion-giving across country cultures. Background: The benefit of compassionate leadership is being advocated, but despite the fact that health care is invariably conducted within culturally diverse workplaces, the interconnection of culture, compassion and leadership...
Technical Report
This report is the result of the study ‘Mapping and assessment of developments for one of the sectoral professions under Directive 2005/36/EC – nurse responsible for general care (No 711/PP/GRO/IMA/18/1131/11026)’ carried out by Spark Legal Network for the Commission’s Directorate-General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. The ob...
Research
Alaniz, R. & Papadopoulos, I. (2020). Questions to Encourage Culturally Competent Research. CONVERGE Extreme Events Research Check Sheets Series. Boulder, CO: Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado Boulder. Retrieved from https://converge.colorado.edu/resources/check-sheets.
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This is Intellectual Output 2 (IO2) of the project “Developing a culturally competent and compassionate LGBT+ curriculum in health and social care education“ IENE9. The aim of the project is to enable teacher/trainers of theory and practice to enhance their skills regarding LGBT+ issues and develop teaching tools to support the inclusion of LGBT+...
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With rapid advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) over the last decade, schools have increasingly employed innovative tools, intelligent applications and methods that are changing the education system with the aim of improving both user experience and learning gain in the classrooms. Even though the use of AI to education is not new, it has not u...
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We believe that a curriculum designed to promote culturally competent and compassionate support to migrant and refugee families in transit should be based on respect, equity, compassion, cultural competence, courage, social skills, flexibility, and tolerance. The delivery of the curriculum should build on the knowledge and skills which both health...
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We believe that a curriculum designed to promote culturally competent and compassionate support to migrant and refugee families in transit should be based on respect, equity, compassion, cultural competence, courage, social skills, flexibility, and tolerance. The delivery of the curriculum should build on the knowledge and skills which both health...
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Abstract Objectives Socially assistive humanoid robots are considered a promising technology to tackle the challenges in health and social care posed by the growth of the ageing population. The purpose of our study was to explore the current evidence on barriers and enablers for the implementation of humanoid robots in health and social care. Desi...
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Objectives Socially assistive humanoid robots are considered a promising technology to tackle the challenges in health and social care posed by the growth of the ageing population. The purpose of our study was to explore the current evidence on barriers and enablers for the implementation of humanoid robots in health and social care. Design System...
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DUE TO CORONA VIRUS THIS CONFERENCE HAS BEEN CANCELLED. APOLOGIES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE. This is an announcement about the ETNA 2020 conference to celebrate the International year of Nursing and Midwifery. The ETNA 2020 conference will focus on Transcultural Nursing excellence (nursing practice, nursing education, nursing research). Venue: Fuertov...
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The IENE8, like all the previous IENE projects, is informed by the Papadopoulos, Tilki, and Taylor Model. For this reason, it is imperative that an understanding of the structure and main constructs of the model which is provided here (Papadopoulos 2006). The IENE1 project modified the PTT model following a needs analysis of nurses in seven Europ...
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Refugee parents are central to protecting children from all kinds of harm. However, caring for children during the phases leading to resettlement is unimaginably hard for refugee and migrant parents who are under extreme and unique circumstances. The creation of the curriculum for nurses and other health professionals and volunteers working with mi...
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The IENE8, like all the previous IENE projects, is informed by the Papadopoulos, Tilki, and Taylor Model. For this reason, it is imperative that an understanding of the structure and main constructs of the model which is provided here (Papadopoulos 2006). The IENE1 project modified the PTT model following a needs analysis of nurses in seven Europ...
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By end of 2014, 59.5 million individuals were forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, generalized violence, or human rights violations. In 2015 more than 1,000,000 people arrived in Europe by sea and land. In the same year more than 3,000 migrants and refugees died at sea whilst trying to reach Europe. The numbers of peo...
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Culture, intended as the set of beliefs, values, ideas, language, norms and customs which compose a person’s life, is an essential element to know by any robot for personal assistance. Culture, intended as that person’s background, can be an invaluable source of information to drive and speed up the process of discovering and adapting to the person...
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Objective: This paper aims to describe the development of a European model that refers for healthcare leadership. The model promotes the values of cultural competence and compassion.Methods: The development of this model is part of the IENE 4 EU funded project with participating countries: United Kingdom, Spain, Cyprus, Romania, Italy, Denmark, Tur...
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Se exploraron puntos de vista y experiencias sobre compasión en la práctica de enfermeras colombianas y contrasta con los otros 14 países participantes del estudio internacional online. El estudio transversal exploratorio con survey internacional online con 10 preguntas (abiertas y cerradas), contó con 1323 enfermeras, 103 fueron de Colombia. Datos...
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The nursing literature shows that cultural competence is an important requirement for effective healthcare. We claim that personal assistive robots should likewise be culturally competent, that is, they should be aware of general cultural characteristics and of the different forms they take in different individuals, and take these into account whil...
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Research focusing on the development of socially assistive robots (SARs) that will promote the health, well-being and quality of life of older persons and of their caregivers has been growing in recent years. This growth has prompted a great deal of ethical reflection on the future of SARs in care, but there is an increasing awareness of the divide...
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The functionalities and behaviours of socially assistive robots for the care of older people are usually defined by the robot's designers with limited room for runtime adaptation to meet the preferences, expectations and needs of the assisted person. However, adaptation plays a crucial role for the robot's acceptability and ultimately for its effec...
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Purpose: The aim of the present review is to explore the influence of culture on attitudes towards humanoid and animal-like robots. Design: An integrative review of current evidence. Methods: Medline, CINHAL, PsycInfo, PubMed and Google Scholar were searched from 2000 to 2017. A total of 22 articles met the inclusion criteria, were retrieved and...
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Background: Robots are introduced in many health and social care settings. Objectives: To provide an overview of the existing evidence related to the views of nurses and other health and social care workers about the use of assistive humanoid and animal-like robots. Methods: Using the Joanna Briggs Institute guidelines we searched MEDLINE, PUBMED,...
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Objectives: The purpose of this study was to investigate the level of awareness of glaucoma and perception of its risk factors in Anambra State, and to examine and evaluate the health seeking behaviour of this target population and its relationship with the development glaucoma. Study design: This is a qualitative study that utilised face-to-fac...
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Robots, along with sensors and telemedicine, have been identified as technologies that can assist and prolong independent living for older people, with robots especially being used to help prevent social isolation and depression.