Animal-assisted activity among patients with cancer: effects on mood, fatigue, self-perceived health, and sense of coherence.

@article{Johnson2008AnimalassistedAA,
  title={Animal-assisted activity among patients with cancer: effects on mood, fatigue, self-perceived health, and sense of coherence.},
  author={Rebecca A. Johnson and Richard L. Meadows and Jennifer S. Haubner and Kathy Sevedge},
  journal={Oncology nursing forum},
  year={2008},
  volume={35 2},
  pages={
          225-32
        }
}
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES To identify to what extent an animal-assisted activity (i.e., visits with a dog) affects the mood, self-perceived health, and sense of coherence among patients undergoing radiation therapy. DESIGN Pretest/post-test between and within groups. SETTING Radiation oncology units of two hospitals in a mid-sized, midwestern city. SAMPLE 30 adult patients undergoing nonpalliative radiation therapy. METHODS After giving informed consent, participants were randomly assigned to… 
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