Measuring the Effects of an Animal-Assisted Intervention for Pediatric Oncology Patients and Their Parents: A Multisite Randomized Controlled Trial

  title={Measuring the Effects of an Animal-Assisted Intervention for Pediatric Oncology Patients and Their Parents: A Multisite Randomized Controlled Trial},
  author={Amy McCullough and Ashleigh Ruehrdanz and Molly Anne Jenkins and Mary Jo Gilmer and Janice Olson and Anjali Pawar and Leslie Holley and Shirley Sierra-Rivera and Deborah E Linder and Danielle Pichette and Neil J. Grossman and Cynthia Hellman and No{\'e}mie A. Gu{\'e}rin and Marguerite E. O’Haire},
  journal={Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing},
  pages={159 - 177}
Objective: This multicenter, parallel-group, randomized trial examined the effects of an animal-assisted intervention on the stress, anxiety, and health-related quality of life for children diagnosed with cancer and their parents. [] Key Method Method: Newly diagnosed patients, aged 3 to 17 years (n = 106), were randomized to receive either standard care plus regular visits from a therapy dog (intervention group), or standard care only (control group).

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