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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899701/-calm-satisfied-comforting-the-experience-and-meaning-of-rabbit-assisted-activities-for-older-adults
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Natalie Pitheckoff, Sara J McLaughlin, Kate de Medeiros
Animal-assisted activity programs are commonly used in long-term care facilities to enhance the well-being of older residents. Although research suggests that older adults benefit from these programs, little is known about the experience from the perspective of older adults themselves. In this qualitative study, we used direct observation and in-depth interviews to gain an understanding of the experience of participating in a unique rabbit-assisted activity program delivered in a Midwestern residential facility...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Applied Gerontology: the Official Journal of the Southern Gerontological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895150/effects-of-va-facility-dog-on-hospitalized-veterans-seen-by-a-palliative-care-psychologist-an-innovative-approach-to-impacting-stress-indicators
#2
Cheryl A Krause-Parello, Cari Levy, Elizabeth Holman, John E Kolassa
The United States is home to 23 million veterans. In many instances, veterans with serious illness who seek healthcare at the VA receive care from a palliative care service. Animal-assisted intervention (AAI) is gaining attention as a therapeutic stress reducing modality; however, its effects have not been well studied in veterans receiving palliative care in an acute care setting. A crossover repeated-measures study was conducted to examine the effects of an animal-assisted intervention (AAI) in the form of a therapy dog on stress indicators in 25 veterans on the palliative care service at the VA Eastern Colorado Healthcare System in Denver, CO...
November 28, 2016: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879293/living-with-the-animals-animal-or-robotic-companions-for-the-elderly-in-smart-homes
#3
Dirk Preuß, Friederike Legal
Although the use of pet robots in senior living facilities and day-care centres, particularly for individuals suffering from dementia, has been intensively researched, the question of introducing pet robots into domestic settings has been relatively neglected. Ambient assisted living (AAL) offers many interface opportunities for integrating motorised companions. There are diverse medical reasons, as well as arguments from animal ethics, that support the use of pet robots in contrast to living with live animals...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863605/perceptions-of-a-hospital-based-animal-assisted-intervention-program-an-exploratory-study
#4
Kathleen Abrahamson, Yun Cai, Elizabeth Richards, Krista Cline, Marguerite E O'Haire
Research has shown that there are multiple benefits of animal assisted interventions for patients. However, the impact of interaction with these animals in staff is understudied, particularly in the acute care setting, and is thus a novel contribution to the literature on human-animal interaction. The purpose of this qualitative pilot study was to contribute to the body of knowledge surrounding the experiences and perceptions of hospital staff who have participated in a hospital-based animal assisted intervention program...
November 2016: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845423/glycine-increases-preimplantation-development-of-mouse-oocytes-following-vitrification-at-the-germinal-vesicle-stage
#5
Xin-Yan Cao, Jack Rose, Shi-Yong Wang, Yong Liu, Meng Zhao, Ming-Jie Xing, Tong Chang, Baozeng Xu
Ice-free cryopreservation, referred to as vitrification, is receiving increased attention in the human and animal assisted reproduction. However, it introduces the detrimental osmotic stress by adding and removing high contents of cryoprotectants. In this study, we evaluated the effects of normalizing cell volume regulation by adding glycine, an organic osmolyte, during vitrification of mouse germinal vesicle stage oocyte and/or subsequent maturation on its development. The data showed that glycine supplementation in either vitrification/thawing or maturation medium significantly improved the cytoplasmic maturation of MII oocytes manifested by spindle assembly, chromosomal alignment, mitochondrial distribution, euploidy rate, and blastocyst development following fertilization in vitro, compared to the control without glycine treatment...
November 15, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27754874/resolution-of-alliance-ruptures-the-special-case-of-animal-assisted-psychotherapy
#6
Sigal Zilcha-Mano
Many therapists regard alliance ruptures as one of the greatest challenges therapists face in the therapy room. Alliance ruptures has been previously defined as breakdowns in the process of negotiation of treatment tasks and goals and a deterioration in the affective bond between patient and therapist. Alliance ruptures have been found to predict premature termination of treatment and poor treatment outcomes. But ruptures can also present important opportunities for gaining insight and awareness and for facilitating therapeutic change...
October 17, 2016: Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27746677/more-than-just-a-break-from-treatment-how-substance-use-disorder-patients-experience-the-stable-environment-in-horse-assisted-therapy
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Ann Kern-Godal, Ida Halvorsen Brenna, Espen Ajo Arnevik, Edle Ravndal
Inclusion of horse-assisted therapy (HAT) in substance use disorder (SUD) treatment is rarely reported. Our previous studies show improved treatment retention and the importance of the patient-horse relationship. This qualitative study used thematic analysis, within a social constructionist framework, to explore how eight patients experienced contextual aspects of HAT's contribution to their SUD treatment. Participants described HAT as a "break from usual treatment". However, four interrelated aspects of this experience, namely "change of focus", "activity", "identity", and "motivation," suggest HAT is more than just a break from usual SUD treatment...
2016: Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27742758/animal-assisted-psychotherapy-a-unique-relational-therapy-for-children-and-adolescents
#8
Keren Bachi, Nancy Parish-Plass
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 14, 2016: Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27742757/animal-assisted-dyadic-therapy-a-therapy-model-promoting-development-of-the-reflective-function-in-the-parent-child-bond
#9
Liat Shani
Animal-assisted psychotherapy (AAP) inherently incorporates standpoints, interventions, and ways of action promoting the development of the reflective function and mentalization, and thus has special value for parent-child psychotherapy. Two central tools in AAP contribute to this process. The first is the ethical stance of the therapist, who sees the animals as full partners in the therapy situation, respecting them as subjects with needs, desires, and thoughts of their own. The second tool combines nonverbal communication with animals together with the relating, in the here and now, to the understanding and decoding of body language of everyone in the setting...
October 14, 2016: Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27711929/life-experiences-of-caring-for-pets-among-taiwanese-community-dwelling-older-adults-pets-as-an-integral-part-of-the-family-and-beyond
#10
Chia-Ling Yang, Chun-Ming Lee, Lee-Ing Tsao
The purpose of the current study was to use grounded theory to explore the experiences of caring for pets from the perspective of Taiwanese community-dwelling older adults. Twelve participants ages 65 to 73 were interviewed. Data were analyzed using the constant comparative method of qualitative analysis. Pets as an integral part of the family unit and beyond was the core category. The pet becomes part of my family was identified as the antecedent condition; this process undertakes action and interaction among the categories of the pet is part of my daily life, the pet provides positive life energy, and the pet is a sweet companion...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Gerontological Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27613215/animal-assisted-health-and-the-performance-triad
#11
M Todd French
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2016: U.S. Army Medical Department Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27590332/engagement-in-elderly-persons-with-dementia-attending-animal-assisted-group-activity
#12
Christine Olsen, Ingeborg Pedersen, Astrid Bergland, Marie-José Enders-Slegers, Camilla Ihlebæk
The need for meaningful activities that enhance engagement is very important among persons with dementia (PWDs), both for PWDs still living at home, as well as for PWDs admitted to a nursing home (NH). In this study, we systematically registered behaviours related to engagement in a group animal-assisted activity (AAA) intervention for 21 PWDs in NHs and among 28 home-dwelling PWDs attending a day care centre. The participants interacted with a dog and its handler for 30 minutes, twice a week for 12 weeks...
September 2, 2016: Dementia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27556626/lengthening-temporalis-myoplasty-virtual-animation-assisted-technical-video
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Nawaf Aljudaibi, Yasmine Bennis, Veronique Duquennoy-Martinot, Daniel Labbé, Pierre Guerreschi
Lengthening temporalis myoplasty is a well-established procedure for dynamic palliative reanimation of the lip in facial palsy sequelae. The particularity of this technique is that the entire temporal muscle is transferred from the coronoid process to the upper half of the lip without interposition of aponeurotic tissue. To date, no video describing the technique was available. This is the first video describing the entire procedure, from preoperative markings through postoperative rehabilitation. In the video presented herein, the authors craft virtual three-dimensional animations in addition to a live operation on a patient performed by Daniel Labbé, who first described this technique 20 years ago...
September 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27555554/innovative-strength-based-care-in-child-and-adolescent-inpatient-psychiatry
#14
Deanna P Sams, David Garrison, Joanne Bartlett
PROBLEM: Child and adolescent psychiatric units serve the highest risk, most vulnerable populations in the mental health delivery system. This article describes the integration of a strength-based approach with a traditional, medical model of psychiatric care on an acute inpatient unit. A strength-based framework allows for increased focus on exploring patients' goals, strengths, relationships, skills, and family communication within the hospital setting. METHODS: The process of integration of strength-based care is described, followed by discussion of the implementation and evaluation of interventions, including mindfulness, family movie, narrative, and animal-assisted therapies...
August 2016: Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27541053/using-animal-assisted-therapy-to-enrich-psychotherapy
#15
Jeanne Louise Amerine, Grace B Hubbard
Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) has been shown to be effective in the treatment of many psychological disorders, including autism spectrum disorders, depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). AAT can be used as an adjunct to other forms of psychotherapy. With AAT, the animal becomes a part of the treatment plan. Outcomes for clients that are associated with the use of AAT include (1) increased sense of comfort and safety, (2) increased motivation, (3) enhanced self-esteem, (4) increased prosocial behaviors, and (5) decreased behavioral problems...
2016: Advances in Mind-body Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27497015/animal-assisted-therapy-in-pediatric-palliative-care
#16
REVIEW
Mary Jo Gilmer, Marissa N Baudino, Anna Tielsch Goddard, Donna C Vickers, Terrah Foster Akard
Animal-assisted therapy is an emerging complementary strategy with an increasing presence in the literature. Limited studies have been conducted with children, particularly those with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions. Although outcomes show promise in decreasing suffering of children receiving palliative care services, more work is needed to validate evidence to support implementation of animal-assisted therapy with this vulnerable population.
September 2016: Nursing Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27415036/the-role-of-veterinary-education-in-safety-policies-for-animal-assisted-therapy-and-activities-in-hospitals-and-nursing-homes
#17
Deborah E Linder, Megan K Mueller, Debra M Gibbs, Hannah C Siebens, Lisa M Freeman
Animal-assisted activities (AAA) and animal-assisted therapy (AAT) programs are increasing in popularity, but current programs vary in their safety and health policies. Veterinarians can have an important role in ensuring the safety of both the animals and humans involved, but it is unclear how best to educate veterinary students to serve effectively in this role. Therefore, the goal of this study was to assess the knowledge gaps and perceptions of first-year veterinary students on health and safety aspects of AAA/AAT programs by administering a survey...
July 14, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27341368/effectiveness-of-animal-assisted-therapy-after-brain-injury-a-bridge-to-improved-outcomes-in-crt
#18
Mary Stapleton
BACKGROUND: Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) has been widely used as a complementary therapy in mental health treatment especially to remediate social skill deficits. The goal of AAT is to improve social, emotional, and cognitive functioning. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this article is to draw upon the literature on AAT and explore specific applications to cognitive rehabilitation therapy (CRT) and social skills training. METHODS: This study provides a systematic review of most of the available literature on ATT and assesses that potential uses of ATT for brain injury rehabilitation...
June 18, 2016: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27302852/adapting-animal-assisted-therapy-trials-to-prison-based-animal-programs
#19
Molly Allison, Megha Ramaswamy
Prison-based animal programs have shown promise when it comes to increased sociability, responsibility, and levels of patience for inmates who participate in these programs. Yet there remains a dearth of scientific research that demonstrates the impact of prison-based animal programs on inmates' physical and mental health. Trials of animal-assisted therapy interventions, a form of human-animal interaction therapy most often used with populations affected by depression/anxiety, mental illness, and trauma, may provide models of how prison-based animal program research can have widespread implementation in jail and prison settings, whose populations have high rates of mental health problems...
September 2016: Public Health Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27277921/-bringing-respite-in-the-burden-of-illness-dog-handlers-experience-of-visiting-older-persons-with-dementia-together-with-a-therapy-dog
#20
Anna Swall, Britt Ebbeskog, Carina Lundh Hagelin, Ingegerd Fagerberg
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To illuminate meanings of the lived experiences of dog handlers' when visiting older persons with dementia with their therapy dog. BACKGROUND: Studies indicate that care of persons with dementia should focus on a person-centred approach with the person's interests in the centre. Animal-assisted therapy using a therapy dog in the care of persons with dementia has been shown to increase well-being and decrease problematic behaviours associated with the illness...
August 2016: Journal of Clinical Nursing
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