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Pet therapy effects on oncological day hospital patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment

By M. Orlandi, K. Trangeled, A. Mambrini, M. Tagliani, A. Ferrarini, L. Zanetti, R. Tartarini, P. Pacetti, M. Cantore

Category Journal Articles
Abstract

Background: Pet therapy is utilised to improve the quality of life of patients with chronic diseases. The impact of AAA (animal-assisted activities), a kind of pet therapy, on oncological patients submitted to chemotherapy was evaluated. Patients and Methods: Two groups of patients receiving chemotherapy with (experimental group) or without AAA (control group) were compared. The 2 participating dogs have been trained by a cynophilist behaviourist and examined by a veterinarian. Before and after chemotherapy both groups of patients were asked to fill out a A.De.Ss.O. test questionnaire, a simplified Italian version of Kellner's Symptom Questionnaire. Arterial blood pressure, heart rate and arterial oxygen saturation were recorded. Results: Depression improved only in the AAA group (p=0.01). Arterial oxygen saturation increased in the experimental group (p=0.004), while it decreased in the controls. Conclusion: AAA during chemotherapy reduces depression of patients and increases their arterial oxygen saturation.

Date 2007
Publication Title Anticancer Research
Volume 27
Issue 6C
Pages 4301-4304
ISBN/ISSN 0250-7005
Language English
Author Address Department of Oncology, Carrara City Hospital, piazza Sacco e Vanzetti, 54033 Carrara, Italy. maurizio.cantore@usl1.toscana.it
Tags
  1. Blood Pressure
  2. Cancer
  3. Chemotherapy
  4. Depression
  5. Diseases
  6. Dogs
  7. Drug therapy
  8. Heart rate
  9. Humans
  10. Mammals
  11. Medical care
  12. Non-Drug
  13. Pets and companion animals
  14. Primates
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