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The positive influence of animals: Animal-assisted therapy in acute care

By Beth E. Barba

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Animal Assisted Therapy is a therapeutic nursing intervention that brings animals together with persons with physical and/or emotional needs as a way of meeting those needs. It is based on the growing knowledge of benefits that animals provide to the sick, elderly, and isolated. A model for a responsible and outcome-oriented program in animal-assisted therapy in acute care settings is described in this article. Special areas include: types of therapy, specific treatment goals, patient and animal suitability, environmental considerations, and evaluation methods.


Deborah Maron

Date 1995
Publication Title Clinical Nurse Specialist
Volume 9
Issue 4
Pages 91-95
Publisher Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins (LWW)
URL http://libres.uncg.edu/ir/uncg/f/B_Barba_ThePositive_1995.pdf
Language English
Notes This article is posted in the NC Digital Online Collection of Knowledge and Scholarship. Access to manuscript provided courtesy of Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins: http://www.lww.com/
Additional Language English
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  1. Animal-assisted therapies
  2. Care
  3. Cats
  4. Clinical aspects
  5. Health
  6. Individual therapy
  7. Infection control
  8. Interventions
  9. patients
  10. Physical environment
  11. therapy