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Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2012 Aug;16(4):289-91. doi: 10.1007/s11916-012-0264-0.

Complementary medicine in cancer care: adding a therapy dog to the team.

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  • University of Pittsburgh, PA 15237, USA. dawnpainmd@yahoo.com

Abstract

Animal-assisted therapy, including visits from certified therapy dogs, offer a valuable and often underutilized resource for addressing unmet needs in cancer patients. Prospective research studies have documented symptomatic benefits for reducing pain, psychological distress, and fatigue in a variety of patient populations, including cancer patients. Utilizing consistent policies minimizes patient risk and infection control concerns associated with animal visits.

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22544640
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