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The benefits of the Assisted Animal Therapy: a bibliographic review

By M. J. F. Pereira, L. Pereira, M. L. Ferreira

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Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) has been used as one more instrument in the promotion of health and treatment of some diseases. This bibliographic review highlights the benefits derived from AAT. Although the use of animals in therapy has been mentioned since the 19th century, only in 1962 was a documentation on the benefits of AAT in psychology performed. It was noted that AAT was first applied in patients with cardiovascular diseases, in operating rooms prior to the actual surgical operation, in intensive care units, in paediatric centres, and in psychiatric patients with dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

Date 2007
Publication Title Saude Coletiva
Volume 4
Issue 14
Pages 62-66
ISBN/ISSN 1806-3365
Language Portuguese
Author Address mara_julia@hotmail.com luppera1981@hotmail.com mauecologia@yahoo.com.br
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  1. Activity
  2. Cardiovascular health
  3. Diseases
  4. Humans
  5. Mammals
  6. Medical care
  7. Mental disorders
  8. Mental illness
  9. Pets and companion animals
  10. Primates
  11. psychiatric disorders
  12. psychological well-being
  13. Reviews