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  1. Functional Outcomes in a Randomized Controlled Trial of Animal-Assisted Therapy on Middle-Aged and Older Adults with Schizophrenia

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    | Contributor(s):: Chen, C. R., Hung, C. F., Lee, Y. W., Tseng, W. T., Chen, M. L., Chen, T. T.

    Deficits in cognition, physical, and social functions in adults with schizophrenia may become salient with aging. While animal-assisted therapy (AAT) can benefit physical function in older adults and improve symptoms of psychotic disorders, the effect of AAT on middle-aged patients with...

  2. Equine-Assisted Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Among Military Veterans: An Open Trial

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    | Contributor(s):: Fisher, P. W., Lazarov, A., Lowell, A., Arnon, S., Turner, J. B., Bergman, M., Ryba, M., Such, S., Marohasy, C., Zhu, X., Suarez-Jimenez, B., Markowitz, J. C., Neria, Y.

    Objective: As veterans have high rates of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and historically poor treatment outcomes and high attrition, alternative treatments have gained much popularity despite lack of rigorous research. In this study, a recently developed and manualized 8-session group...

  3. Needs and Preferences of Middle-Aged and Older Adults in Taiwan for Companion Robots and Pets: Survey Study

    | Contributor(s):: Chiu, Ching-Ju, Hsieh, Shiuan, Li, Chia-Wei

  4. Tracking positive and negative affect in PTSD inpatients during a service dog intervention

    | Contributor(s):: Woodward, Steven H., Jamison, Andrea L., Gala, Sasha, Lawlor, Catherine, Villasenor, Diana, Tamayo, Gisselle, Puckett, Melissa

  5. Nonpharmacological Treatment for Supporting Social Participation of Adults with Depression

    | Contributor(s):: Phadsri, S., Shioji, R., Tanimura, A., Jaknissai, J., Apichai, S., Sookruay, T.

  6. The Impact of Pets on Everyday Life for Older Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    | Contributor(s):: Applebaum, J. W., Ellison, C., Struckmeyer, L., Zsembik, B. A., McDonald, S. E.

  7. Acceptability of an adjunct equine-assisted activities and therapies program for veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder and/or traumatic brain injury

    | Contributor(s):: Sylvia, L., West, E., Blackburn, A. M., Gupta, C., Bui, E., Mahoney, T., Duncan, G., Wright, E. C., Lejeune, S., Spencer, T. J.

  8. Visitors' perceptions of zoo-housed lesser anteater (Tamandua tetradactyla) welfare: Observation plays a larger role than a brief informative talk

    | Contributor(s):: Chiapero, F., Ferrari, R. H., Guglielmetti, A., García Capocasa, M. C., Busso, J. M.

  9. The Influence of Human-Animal Interactions on Mental and Physical Health during the First COVID-19 Lockdown Phase in the U.K.: A Qualitative Exploration

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    | Contributor(s):: Shoesmith, Emily, Shahab, Lion, Kale, Dimitra, Mills, Daniel S., Reeve, Catherine, Toner, Paul, Santos de Assis, Luciana, Ratschen, Elena

    The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic presents an opportunity to explore the role of animals as sources of emotional and physical support during a period when most of the population is experiencing social and environmental challenges. We investigated how companion animal owners...

  10. Can Individuals with Down Syndrome Benefit from Hippotherapy? An Exploratory Study on Gait and Balance

    | Contributor(s):: Portaro, S., Cacciola, A., Naro, A., Cavallaro, F., Gemelli, G., Aliberti, B., De Luca, R., Calabrò, R. S., Milardi, D.

  11. Developing an animal-assisted support program for healthcare employees

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    | Contributor(s):: Etingen, B., Martinez, R. N., Smith, B. M., Hogan, T. P., Miller, L., Saban, K. L., Irvin, D., Jankowski, B., Weaver, F. M.

    Background Employee burnout and its associated consequences is a significant problem in the healthcare workforce. Workplace animal therapy programs offer a potential strategy for improving employee well-being; however, research on animal therapy programs for healthcare workers is lacking. This...

  12. Animal-Assisted Activity in Critically Ill Older Adults: A Randomized Pilot and Feasibility Trial

    | Contributor(s):: Branson, S., Boss, L., Hamlin, S., Padhye, N. S.

  13. Animal-assisted therapy: Promoting a healthy work environment

    | Contributor(s):: Yordy, M., Brandon, A., Harmon, L.

    2020Nurs Manage51424-300744-631410.1097/01.NUMA.0000657248.63754.fcengIn Ala., Morgan Yordy is an assistant professor at the Auburn University School of Nursing, Amy Brandon is the director of critical care services at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, and Lisa Harmon is a...

  14. The Impact of a 20-Minute Animal-Assisted Activity Session on the Physiological and Emotional States in Patients With Fibromyalgia

    | Contributor(s):: Clark, S., Martin, F., McGowan, R. T. S., Smidt, J., Anderson, R., Wang, L., Turpin, T., Langenfeld-McCoy, N., Bauer, B., Mohabbat, A. B.

  15. Acceptability of AAI from the Perspective of Elderly Clients, Family Members, and Staff-A Pilot Study

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    | Contributor(s):: Machová, K., Procházková, R., Konigová, P., Svobodová, I., Přibylová, L., Vadroňová, M.

    Although animal-assisted interventions (AAIs) are increasingly part of comprehensive rehabilitation and many of its effects are already well described, the methodology for performing AAI depends on the specific patient, animal, and treatment objective. Acceptability of AAI from all involved...

  16. Dogs and Their Owners Have Frequent and Intensive Contact

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    | Contributor(s):: Joosten, P., Van Cleven, A., Sarrazin, S., Paepe, D., De Sutter, A., Dewulf, J.

    Contact and interactions between owners and their pets may have beneficial physical and social effects on people, but may also facilitate the transmission of zoonotic agents and resistant bacteria. To estimate the risk of these contacts, more information regarding the frequency and intensity of...

  17. Human-animal relationships and interactions during the Covid-19 lockdown phase in the UK: Investigating links with mental health and loneliness

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    | Contributor(s):: Ratschen, E., Shoesmith, E., Shahab, L., Silva, K., Kale, D., Toner, P., Reeve, C., Mills, D. S.

    Background The Covid-19 pandemic raises questions about the role that relationships and interactions between humans and animals play in the context of widespread social distancing and isolation measures. We aimed to investigate links between mental health and loneliness, companion animal...

  18. Effects of Simulated Horseback Riding on Balance, Postural Sway, and Quality of Life in Older Adults With Parkinson's Disease

    | Contributor(s):: Goudy, L. S., Rigby, B. R., Silliman-French, L., Becker, K. A.

  19. Effects of animal-assisted therapy on social behaviour in patients with acquired brain injury: a randomised controlled trial

    | Contributor(s):: Hediger, K., Thommen, S., Wagner, C., Gaab, J., Hund-Georgiadis, M.

  20. Effects of Dog-Assisted Therapy on Social Behaviors and Emotional Expressions: A Single-Case Experimental Design in 3 People With Dementia

    | Contributor(s):: Pérez-Sáez, E., Pérez-Redondo, E., González-Ingelmo, E.