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Animal-assisted therapy services for adult cancer patients: a grant proposal

By Julia Moorhouse

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The purpose of this project was to identify potential funding sources and complete a grant to provide pet therapy/animal-assisted therapy to cancer patients who are actively in treatment at the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center in Orange County, California, who are experiencing emotional distress as a direct result of the diagnosis and treatment of their cancer. An extensive literature review was used to gather data and evaluate the psychosocial needs of cancer patients and the effectiveness of animal-assisted therapy. Pet therapy/animal-assisted therapy was shown to provide comfort, relaxation, and decreased anxiety, distress, and depression. However, this treatment modality continues to be underutilized in the health care setting despite findings that demonstrate the improvements in quality of life. The actual submission and/or funding of this grant was not a requirement for the successful completion of the project.


Megan Kendall

Purdue University

Date 2009
Pages 71
Degree Master of Social Work
Language English
Notes This thesis was found at PQDT Open:
University California State University, Long Beach
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  1. Animal-assisted activities
  2. Animal-assisted therapies
  3. Assisted therapy
  4. Cancer
  5. Funding sources
  6. Older adults
  7. psychosocial issues
  8. therapy animals
  9. therapy programs