Dog-walking: motivation for adherence to a walking program.

@article{Johnson2010DogwalkingMF,
  title={Dog-walking: motivation for adherence to a walking program.},
  author={Rebecca Johnson and Richard L. Meadows},
  journal={Clinical nursing research},
  year={2010},
  volume={19 4},
  pages={
          387-402
        }
}
Healthy People 2010 cited walking as a major health indicator; however, adherence is challenging, especially among those with multiple chronic illnesses. Studies suggest that walking one's own dog may motivate adherence. However, no research has studied whether walking a "loaner" dog may facilitate adherence. Using a pretest-posttest design, the authors studied adherence to and outcomes of a graduated walking program when 26 public housing residents walked certified therapy dogs with a handler… CONTINUE READING
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