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Applying One Health to the study of animal-assisted interventions

By D. Chalmers, C. A. Dell

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Abstract

The use of animal-assisted interventions in therapeutic programs is a growing phenomenon. Animal-assisted interventions (AAIs) involve a variety of species (dogs, cats, horses, domesticated birds, etc.) in primary health care. Despite their increasing application in a wide range of therapeutic services, the empirical evidence base of AAIs is limited. The authors of this paper propose that the public health framework of One Health can be adapted to advance AAI research. One Health's perspective on the environment is primarily ecological. The environmental impact on the human-animal interactions within AAIs, however, incorporates social, cultural, political, and economic factors. The environment has received minimal attention in AAI research. The authors discuss how this framework has been used in their prior AAI research and work with Indigenous people. Applying this framework to AAIs may guide future AAI research.

Publication Title EcoHealth
Volume 12
Issue 4
Pages 560-562
ISBN/ISSN 1612-9202
DOI 10.1007/s10393-015-1042-3
Language English
Author Address Faculty of Social Work, University of Regina, 153-111 Research Drive, Saskatoon, SK, Canada.darlene.chalmers@uregina.ca
Additional Language English
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  1. Animals
  2. Birds
  3. Canidae
  4. Canine
  5. Care
  6. Carnivores
  7. Cats
  8. Dogs
  9. Environment
  10. Ethnicity
  11. Horses
  12. Humans
  13. Indigenous populations
  14. Mammals
  15. Men
  16. open access
  17. peer-reviewed
  18. Primates
  19. Public health
  20. Reviews
  21. therapy
  22. ungulates
  23. vertebrates
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