The Pawsitive Effect of Therapy Dogs in a Hospital Emergency Department
Keywords:pain, animal assisted intervention, therapy dogs, wellness, health
Pain is the main reason people attend an emergency department. Our study examined the effect of a therapy dog visit on reducing patient pain in an ED. We found that pain improved after the dog visit compared to no change in control patients. Patient anxiety, depression, and well-being also improved. These findings help to establish the potential value of therapy dogs in an emergency setting.
Original article reference
Carey, B., Dell, C.A., Stempien, J., Tupper, S., Rohr, B., Carr, E., Cruz, M., Acoose, S., Butt, P., Broberg, L. and Collard, L. (2022). Outcomes of a controlled trial with visiting therapy dog teams on pain in adults in an emergency department. PloS one, 17(3), p.e0262599.
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