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.
|Publication Title||Clinical Nurse Specialist|
|Publisher||Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins (LWW)|
|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/|
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