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Omega (Westport). 2013;67(1-2):63-7.

Palliative care and use of animal-assisted therapy.

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St. Joseph Hospital, Orange, California 92868-3857, USA. suzyengelm@aol.com

Abstract

A growing body of research and clinical reports support the benefits of utilizing animal-assisted therapy (AAT) as a complementary, transdisciplinary treatment intervention in medical settings. However, fewer articles are found demonstrating AAT's use in palliative care settings. This article is a study of the effects of AAT in palliative care situations, presenting one anecdotal clinical vignette. In this way, the efficacy of this technique in decreasing patient pain, thereby increasing patient quality of life, and lowering staff stress levels may be illustrated.

PMID:
23977780
DOI:
10.2190/OM.67.1-2.g
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