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Animal-assisted Therapy: Evaluation and Implementation of a Complementary Therapy to Improve the Psychological and Physiological Health of Critically Ill Patients.
Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing (DCCN)
  • Mary DeCourcey
  • Anne C. Russell, Cedarville University
  • Kathy J Keister
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
9-1-2010
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1097/DCC.0b013e3181e6c71a
PubMed ID
20703127
Abstract

Animal-assisted therapy has gained widespread support in a variety of health care settings, including critical care units. This article seeks to review some of the current animal-assisted therapy, define a structured program, and evaluate the potential ability of the therapy to enhance the progress and health of our patients.

Keywords
  • Animal Assisted Therapy,
  • Animals,
  • Bonding,
  • Human-Pet,
  • Critical Illness,
  • Humans
Citation Information
Mary DeCourcey, Anne C. Russell and Kathy J Keister. "Animal-assisted Therapy: Evaluation and Implementation of a Complementary Therapy to Improve the Psychological and Physiological Health of Critically Ill Patients." Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing (DCCN) Vol. 29 Iss. 5 (2010) p. 211 - 214 ISSN: 1538-8646
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/anne-russell/1/