Complementary Medicine in Cancer Care: Adding a Therapy Dog to the Team
- Dawn A. Marcus
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Animal-assisted therapy, including visits from certified therapy dogs, offer a valuable and often underutilized resource for addressing unmet needs in cancer patients. Prospective research studies have documented symptomatic benefits for reducing pain, psychological distress, and fatigue in a variety of patient populations, including cancer patients. Utilizing consistent policies minimizes patient risk and infection control concerns associated with animal visits.
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Current Pain and Headache Reports
Volume 16, Issue 4 , pp 289-291
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- Dawn A. Marcus (1)
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- 1. University of Pittsburgh, 2404 Bellwood Court, Pittsburgh, PA, 15237, USA