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Rehabilitative canine interactions at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

By Arthur F Yeager, Jennifer Irwin

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Abstract Due to rapid advances in the medical field, effective holistic forms of patient care are often precluded from best practice consideration. Without evidence-based data on these nontraditional interventions, resources are likely to focus more on costly equipment, complicated surgeries, and increasingly heavy use of medication. Successful programs such as animal-assisted therapy remain unknown to the medical community at large and, consequently, underutilized, despite their demonstrated efficacy in the rehabilitative milieu. This paper highlights canine programs currently used by the US Army that use trained animals and handlers to achieve specific physical, cognitive, and psychosocial goals.
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Christopher C Charles

Purdue University

Date 2012
Publication Title The United States Army Medical Department Journal
Issue April–June
Pages 57-60
ISBN/ISSN 1524-0436
Publisher The United States Army Medical Department Center & School
Location of Publication Fort Sam Houston, TX
URL http://www.cs.amedd.army.mil/FileDownloadpublic.aspx?docid=73e8d2aa-1a2a-467d-b6e3-e73652da8622
Language English
Additional Language English
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  1. Animal-assisted activities
  2. Animal-assisted therapies
  3. Dogs
  4. Mammals
  5. Military
  6. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder