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Therapy Dogs and the Impact on Employees in the Pediatric Medical Setting

By Laine Foith

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More than 40% of nurses reported experiencing significant burnout. Burnout is characterized by disengagement, cynicism, negative views of personal accomplishment and ability, and emotional exhaustion. The healthcare providers that experience burnout can possibly expect a decrease in ability to recognize/report errors, increase of negative feelings toward the patient, and decrease levels of patient satisfaction (Ernest, 2014). One of the ways Schub (2015) suggested to regulate burnout for employees was to provide psychosocial support to colleagues to reduce stress. This study is one of the first attempts to bridge the gap between the unknown correlation between qualitative and quantitative benefits of dog therapy. Our hypothesis is that regular interaction with the therapy dog, will improve employee productivity, job satisfaction, and reduce employees perceived stress. Our research question is “Does regular interaction with a therapy dog positively impact employees?” Although statistical significance was found with regards to the therapy dog’s involvement, the risk of a Type I Error exceeded the number of factors identified. An analysis of the potential factors associated with the findings and limitations of the work will be presented.


Mason N McLary

HABRI Central

Date 2017
Pages 47
Publisher Abilene Christian University
Location of Publication Abilene, Texas
Department Social Work
Language English
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  1. Animal-assisted therapies
  2. Dogs
  3. Employees
  4. Hospitals
  5. Mammals
  6. Stress
  7. therapy animals