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Young people believe that artificial intelligence is a valuable tool for healthcare

Young people believe that artificial intelligence is a valuable tool for healthcare
Children and young people are generally positive about artificial intelligence (AI) and think it should be used in modern healthcare, finds the first-of-its-kind survey led by UCL and Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

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A recent survey conducted by UCL and Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) has found that children and young people are generally positive about the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in modern healthcare. The study, which included participants aged six to 23 from all four UK nations, revealed that young people are cautious but generally supportive of AI in healthcare, particularly if it can improve their care and outcomes. The survey also found that young people want AI tools to be supervised by healthcare professionals, as they believe that AI cannot mimic elements of care such as empathy and ethical decision-making. The study's findings are already being incorporated into research at GOSH, with the aim of developing AI tools to better detect and describe fractures from x-ray scans in children. Lead researcher Professor Susan Shelmerdine emphasized the importance of understanding what is important to children and young people in the development of new tools and treatments. The study was funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR).

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