Animal-Assisted Activity at A. Meyer Children's Hospital: A Pilot Study

  title={Animal-Assisted Activity at A. Meyer Children's Hospital: A Pilot Study},
  author={Simona Caprilli and Andrea Messeri},
  journal={Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine},
  pages={379 - 383}
The authors systematically studied the introduction of animal-assisted activity into a children's hospital in Italy. This pilot study examined the reactions of children, their parents and the hospital staff and the hospital-wide infection rate before and after the introduction of animals. The SAM (self-assessment manikin), three behavioral scales, analysis of children's graphic productions, a parent questionnaire and a staff questionnaire were used to evaluate the effectiveness of the… CONTINUE READING
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