Current Pain and Headache Reports

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 289–291

Complementary Medicine in Cancer Care: Adding a Therapy Dog to the Team

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DOI: 10.1007/s11916-012-0264-0

Cite this article as:
Marcus, D.A. Curr Pain Headache Rep (2012) 16: 289. doi:10.1007/s11916-012-0264-0

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Animal-assisted therapyAnxietyClostridium difficileIsolationLonelinessMethicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureusPain

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