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  1. Effects of animal-assisted therapy on loneliness in an elderly population in long-term care facilities

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    | Contributor(s):: Banks, Marian R., Banks, William A.

    Background Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is claimed to have a variety of benefits, but almost all published results are anecdotal. We characterized the resident population in long-term care facilities desiring AAT and determined whether AAT can objectively improve loneliness.   Methods Of 62...

  2. Effects of two stall flooring systems on the behaviour of tied dairy cows

    | Contributor(s):: Hultgren, J.

    Effects on dairy cow behaviour of a new type of flooring in tie-stalls, with the ability to drain faeces and urine, was studied in a controlled randomized trial in one Swedish university herd. Forty-two Swedish Red and White cows were kept tied in traditional long-stalls (2.20 m). In 21 stalls...

  3. Evaluating a website to teach children safety with dogs

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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....

  6. Evaluation of a Pet-Assisted Living Intervention for Improving Functional Status in Assisted Living Residents With Mild to Moderate Cognitive Impairment: A Pilot Study

    | Contributor(s):: Friedmann, Erika, Galik, Elizabeth, Thomas, Sue A., Hall, P. Sue, Chung, Seon Yoon, McCune, Sandra

  7. 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...

  8. Human and animal health: strengthening the link: methodological concerns about animal facilitated therapy with dolphins

    | Contributor(s):: Basil, B., Mathews, M.

  9. Mainstreaming animal-assisted therapy

    | Contributor(s):: Palley, L. S., O'Rourke, P. P., Niemi, S. M.

  10. Meaningful Activities in the Nursing Home

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

  11. Measuring change in the behavioural severity of canine compulsive disorder: the construct validity of categories of change derived from two rating scales

    | Contributor(s):: Hewson, C. J., Luescher, U. A., Ball, R. O.

    Two rating scales were developed to measure the outcome of a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, AB-BA crossover clinical trial of clomipramine in 51 dogs with compulsive disorder (CD). Both rating scales measured behavioural severity. One was a 5-point Likert scale; the other was...

  12. Meta-analysis - a systematic and quantitative review of animal experiments to maximise the information derived

    | Contributor(s):: Phillips, C. J. C.

    Meta-analysis provides a tool to statistically aggregate data from existing randomised controlled animal experiments. The results can then be summarised across a range of conditions and an increased pool of experimental data can be subjected to statistical analysis. New information can be...

  13. Pet dander and difficult-to-control asthma: Therapeutic options

    | Contributor(s):: Ling, M., Long, A. A.

  14. 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...

  15. Randomized Controlled Trial of Therapeutic Horseback Riding in Children and Adolescents With Autism Spectrum Disorder

    | Contributor(s):: Gabriels, Robin L., Zhaoxing, Pan, Dechant, Briar, Agnew, John A., Brim, Natalie, Mesibov, Gary

  16. Randomized trial examines effects of equine facilitated learning on adolescents' basal cortisol levels

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    | Contributor(s):: Patricia Pendry, Annelise N. Smith, Stephanie M. Roeter

    Although equine facilitated programs have gained in popularity over the last decade, virtually nothing is known about the causal effects of equine facilitated interventions on human development and well-being. Researchers conducted a randomized trial to determine the effects of an 11-week...

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

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

  18. The Effect of an Animal-Assisted Reading Program on the Reading Rate, Accuracy and Comprehension of Grade 3 Students: A Randomized Control Study

    | Contributor(s):: le Roux, Marieanna, Swartz, Leslie, Swart, Estelle

  19. The presence of a dog attenuates cortisol and heart rate in the Trier Social Stress Test compared to human friends

    | Contributor(s):: Polheber, John, Matchock, Robert

  20. Treatment of separation anxiety in dogs with clomipramine: results from a prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group, multicenter clinical trial

    | Contributor(s):: King, J. N., Simpson, B. S., Overall, K. L., Appleby, D., Pageat, P., Ross, C., Chaurand, J. P., Heath, S., Beata, C., Weiss, A. B., Muller, G., Paris, T., Bataille, B. G., Parker, J., Petit, S., Wren, J.

    The efficacy and tolerability of clomipramine in the treatment of separation anxiety in dogs was tested in a prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group, international multicentre clinical trial. For a diagnosis of separation anxiety, dogs had to exhibit at least one...