The effects of animal-assisted therapy on anxiety ratings of hospitalized psychiatric patients.

@article{Barker1998TheEO,
  title={The effects of animal-assisted therapy on anxiety ratings of hospitalized psychiatric patients.},
  author={Sandra B. Barker and Karl Dawson},
  journal={Psychiatric services},
  year={1998},
  volume={49 6},
  pages={
          797-801
        }
}
OBJECTIVE Animal-assisted therapy involves interaction between patients and a trained animal, along with its human owner or handler, with the aim of facilitating patients' progress toward therapeutic goals. This study examined whether a session of animal-assisted therapy reduced the anxiety levels of hospitalized psychiatric patients and whether any differences in reductions in anxiety were associated with patients' diagnoses. METHODS Study subjects were 230 patients referred for therapeutic… 

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