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  1. Experimental trial demonstrates effects of animal-assisted stress prevention program on college students' positive and negative emotion

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    Contributor(s):: Patricia Pendry, Alexa M. Carr, Stephanie M. Roeter, Jaymie L. Vandagriff

    In response to the growing prevalence of mental health issues among college students, campuses across the nation are implementing animal-assisted stress reduction programs, despite a clear lack of evidence supporting their efficacy. Researchers conducted a randomized controlled trial to determine...

  2. An adjunctive human-animal interaction intervention for veterans with PTSD: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

    Contributor(s):: Grubaugh, A. L., Myers, U. S., Keller, S. M., Wangelin, B. C., Lozano, B. E., Tuerk, P. W.

  3. Animal-assisted therapy for schizophrenia and related disorders: A systematic review

    Contributor(s):: Hawkins, E. L., Hawkins, R. D., Dennis, M., Williams, J. M., Lawrie, S. M.

  4. An equine-assisted therapy intervention to improve pain, range of motion, and quality of life in adults and older adults with arthritis: A randomized controlled trial

    Contributor(s):: White-Lewis, S., Johnson, R., Ye, S., Russell, C.

  5. Animal Visitation Program (AVP) Reduces Cortisol Levels of University Students: A Randomized Controlled Trial

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    | Contributor(s):: Patricia Pendry, Jaymie L. Vandagriff

    University students report high levels of stress. Although causal work is limited, one popular approach to promote stress relief is animal visitation programs (AVPs). We conducted a randomized trial (N = 249) examining effects of a 10-minute AVP on students’ salivary cortisol levels....

  6. A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials of Animal-Assisted Therapy on Psychosocial Outcomes

    | Contributor(s):: Maujean, Annick, Pepping, Christopher A., Kendall, Elizabeth

    The use of animal-assisted interventions (aaIs) to achieve psychological benefits has expanded rapidly over the last few years. However, this is a vastly under-researched area, and the research to date has been largely descriptive, in the form of case studies, or has used only small groups of...

  7. Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of Receiving a Hearing Dog on Mental Well-Being and Health in People With Hearing Loss: Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial

    | Contributor(s):: Stuttard, L., Hewitt, C., Fairhurst, C., Weatherly, H., Walker, S., Longo, F., Maddison, J., Boyle, P., Beresford, B.

    BACKGROUND: People with hearing loss, particularly those who lose their hearing in adulthood, are at an increased risk of social isolation, mental health difficulties, unemployment, loss of independence, risk of accidents, and impaired quality of life. In the United Kingdom, a single third-sector...

  8. Animal-assisted therapy for dementia

    | Contributor(s):: Lai, N. M., Chang, S. M. W., Ng, S. S., Tan, S. L., Chaiyakunapruk, N., Stanaway, F.

    BACKGROUND: Dementia is a chronic condition which progressively affects memory and other cognitive functions, social behaviour, and ability to carry out daily activities. To date, no treatment is clearly effective in preventing progression of the disease, and most treatments are symptomatic,...

  9. Evaluating the Efficacy of Knowledge-Transfer Interventions on Animal Health Knowledge of Rural Working Equid Owners in Central Ethiopia: A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial

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    | Contributor(s):: Andrew P. Stringer, Rob M. Christley, Catriona E. Bell, Feseha Gebreab, Gebre Tefera, Karen Reed, Andrew Trawford, Gina L. Pinchbeck

    The objectives of this study were to evaluate the efficacy of several knowledge-transfer interventions about donkey health, utilizing a cluster-randomized controlled trial (c-RCT), on the long-term knowledge change (∼6 months post intervention) of Ethiopian rural working equid owners....

  10. The "pet effect" in cancer patients: Risks and benefits of human-pet interaction

    | Contributor(s):: Chan, M. M., Tapia Rico, G.

  11. Evaluating the Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of Seizure Dogs in Persons With Medically Refractory Epilepsy in the Netherlands: Study Protocol for a Stepped Wedge Randomized Controlled Trial (EPISODE)

    | Contributor(s):: Wester, V., de Groot, S., Kanters, T., Wagner, L., Ardesch, J., Corro Ramos, I., Enders-Slegers, M. J., de Ruiter, M., le Cessie, S., Los, J., Papageorgiou, G., van Exel, J., Versteegh, M.

  12. Randomized Controlled Theory-Based, E-Mail-Mediated Walking Intervention: Differences Between Dog Owners and Non-Dog Owners

    | Contributor(s):: Libby Richards, Niwako Ogata, Ching-Wei Cheng

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the ability of two concurrent randomized controlled interventions based on social cognitive theory to increase walking. A second purpose was to compare the efficacy of the intervention between two distinct groups: dog owners and non-dog owners. Adult dog...

  13. Effect of pet insects on the psychological health of community-dwelling elderly people: a single-blinded, randomized, controlled trial

    | Contributor(s):: Ko, H. J., Youn, C. H., Kim, S. H., Kim, S. Y.

    Background: There is evidence that animal-assisted therapy has positive effects on mental health, especially in elderly people. Caring for insects is easy, relatively inexpensive, and does not require much space. Objective: The aim of this 8-week randomized, controlled, single-blinded study was...

  14. Effectiveness of animal-assisted therapy: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials, Kamioka et al, Complementary Therapies in Medicine (2014) 22:371-390

    Summary:   The objectives of this review were to summarize the evidence from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on the effects of animal-assisted therapy (AAT). Studies were eligible if they were RCTs. Studies included one treatment group in which AAT was applied. We searched the...

  15. A Novel Behavioral Intervention in Adolescents With Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus Improves Glycemic Control: Preliminary Results From a Pilot Randomized Control Trial

    | Contributor(s):: Maranda, Louise, Lau, May, Stewart, Sunita M., Gupta, Olga T.

  16. Comparative Effectiveness of Interventions for Children Exposed to Nonrelational Traumatic Events

    | Contributor(s):: Forman-Hoffman, Valerie L., Zolotor, Adam J., McKeeman, Joni L., Blanco, Roberto, Knauer, Stefanie R., Lloyd, Stacey W., Goldman Fraser, Jenifer, Viswanathan, Meera

  17. Evaluating a website to teach children safety with dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Schwebel, David C., McClure, Leslie A., Severson, Joan

  18. A Meta-Analysis of Interventions to Reduce Loneliness

    | Contributor(s):: Masi, C. M., Chen, H. Y., Hawkley, L. C., Cacioppo, J. T.

  19. Effectiveness of complementary and self-help treatments for depression

    | Contributor(s):: Jorm, A. F., Christensen, H., Griffiths, K. M., Rodgers, B.

  20. Meaningful Activities in the Nursing Home

    | Contributor(s):: Morley, J. E., Philpot, C. D., Gill, D., Berg-Weger, M.