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Animal-assisted therapy for improving human health

By S. Cevizci, E. Erginoz, Z. Baltas

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Abstract

Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) or Pet Therapy is an adjunctive therapy that takes advantage of human and animal interaction, activates physiological and psychological mechanisms, and initiates positive changes to improve metabolic health. In recent years, this interaction is use to treat psychological and psychiatric disorders such as stress, depression, loneliness, and pervasive developmental disorders. Furthermore, AAT has been increasingly used to improve quality of life and in other diseases like hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, cancer and AIDS. This paper aims to provide an overview on AAT, discusses human and animal interaction, and evaluates AAT's scientific background. Information on the risks, institutional applications, and other factors relevant to AAT are also discussed.

Date 2009
Publication Title Turk Silahl Kuvvetleri, Koruyucu Hekimlik Bulteni
Volume 8
Issue 3
Pages 263-272
ISBN/ISSN 1303-734X
Language Turkish
Author Address Istanbul Universitesi, Cerrahpasa Tp Fakultesi, Halk Saglg AD, Istanbul, Turkey. sibeloy@gmail.com
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  1. Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
  2. Blood Pressure
  3. Cancer
  4. Cardiovascular health
  5. Diseases
  6. Human immunodeficiency viruses
  7. Human immunodeficiency virus infections
  8. Humans
  9. Hypertension
  10. Mammals
  11. Medical care
  12. Mental disorders
  13. Mental illness
  14. Pets and companion animals
  15. Primates
  16. Quality of life
  17. Virus diseases