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  1. Pet Therapy and Reducing College Stress

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    | Contributor(s):: Margot L. Wiscovitch

    Pet therapy is the interaction between an animal and person working to overcome physical as well as emotional issues. This type of therapy has been used in a variety of settings and populations including nursing homes and residents, hospitals and patients, residential treatment centers and...

  2. The Use of Dogs in Hospital Settings

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    | Contributor(s):: Amy McCullough, Ashleigh Ruehrdanz, Molly Jenkins

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2015), over 35 million people are hospitalized in the U.S. every year. Many hospitals across the country have incorporated animal programs, such as “animalassisted therapy” (AAT), “animal-assisted activities”...

  3. Eden Alternative: The Texas Project

    | Contributor(s):: Sandy Ransom

    Loneliness, helplessness, and boredom dominate the lives of many nursing home residents. Even though many regulations and programs are in place that are intended to assure quality of care, the confines of the nursing home environment and the widespread entrenchment of the "medical...

  4. Impact of the Eden Alternative™ on Texas Nursing Homes Residents' Quality of Life: A Psychosocial Perspective

    | Contributor(s):: Rich Wylie

    What effect does the Eden Alternative™ have on the quality of life of nursing home residents? Recent studies on this innovative approach to changing nursing home culture have yielded promising results using medical and administrative indicators. However, these studies...

  5. Pets and the Aging: Science Supports the Human-Animal Bond

    In April 2003, PAWSitive InterAction held its second annual educational summit — “Think PAWSitive! 2003: Pets and The Aging” — in Atlanta, Georgia, to explore current scientific thinking about the important role pets play in the lives of people as they grow older. With 76...

  6. Understanding the Role of Therapy Dogs in Pediatric Oncology Settings

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    | Contributor(s):: Molly Jenkins, Amy McCullough, Ashleigh Ruehrdanz, Kevin Morris

    Focus groups and interviews were conducted at three U.S. children’s hospitals to gain the perspectives of staff, parents of pediatric oncology patients, adolescent cancer survivors, and therapy dog handlers regarding the role of animal-assisted therapy (AAT) as an adjunctive intervention for...

  7. Canines and childhood cancer: Examining the effects of therapy dogs with childhood cancer patients and their families

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    | Contributor(s):: Molly Jenkins, Ashleigh Ruehrdanz, Amy McCullough, John D Fluke

    This document is a comprehensive review of the literature on childhood cancer epidemiology; pediatric oncology treatment; physical and psychosocial well-being impacts of childhood cancer for children and their families; human-animal bond history and research; and the application of...