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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441333/how-are-service-dogs-for-adults-with-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-integrated-with-rehabilitation-in-denmark-a-case-study
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Chalotte Glintborg, Tia G B Hansen
A severe mental illness like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is known to have psychosocial consequences that can lead to a decreased quality of life. Research in Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) has revealed that the presence of a dog can have a positive effect on health, e.g., increase quality of life and lessen depression and anxiety. However, canine companionship is not a catch-all solution. Previous research has revealed methodological limitations that prohibit any clear conclusions, as well as a sparsity of critical reflection in anecdotal reports and case studies, which means that more research is needed to contextualize the findings...
April 25, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421186/cost-description-and-comparative-cost-efficiency-of-post-exposure-prophylaxis-and-canine-mass-vaccination-against-rabies-in-n-djamena-chad
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Rolande Mindekem, Monique Sarah Lechenne, Kemdongarti Service Naissengar, Assandi Oussiguéré, Bidjeh Kebkiba, Daugla Doumagoum Moto, Idriss Oumar Alfaroukh, Laurent Tinoanga Ouedraogo, Sahidou Salifou, Jakob Zinsstag
Rabies claims approximately 59,000 human lives annually and is a potential risk to 3.3 billion people in over 100 countries worldwide. Despite being fatal in almost 100% of cases, human rabies can be prevented by vaccinating dogs, the most common vector, and the timely administration of post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to exposed victims. For the control and prevention of human rabies in N'Djamena, the capital city of Chad, a free mass vaccination campaign for dogs was organized in 2012 and 2013. The campaigns were monitored by parallel studies on the incidence of canine rabies based on diagnostic testing of suspect animals and the incidence of human bite exposure recorded at selected health facilities...
2017: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391760/use-of-temperature-controlled-laminar-airflow-in-the-management-of-atopic-asthma-clinical-evidence-and-experience
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John O Warner
Avoidance of allergens in the treatment of asthma has hitherto not achieved significant benefit despite the strong evidence that allergy both increases severity and contributes to exacerbations of asthma. House dust mite, cat and dog allergens are the most common perennial allergic triggers and most avoidance strategies have focused on reducing exposures in bedrooms. Cochrane reviews have suggested that they neither significantly reduce allergen levels nor improve asthma. While the lack of efficacy may be assumed to be a consequence of exposures occurring outside the bedroom, prolonged sleep is associated with increased susceptibility to bronchospasm and airway inflammation...
April 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Respiratory Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375071/assessing-communications-competencies-through-reviews-of-client-interactions-and-comprehensive-rotation-assessment-a-comparison-of-methods
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Margaret V Root Kustritz, Susan Lowum, Kristi Flynn, Heather Fairbairn, Athena Diesch-Chham
The primary purpose of this study was to compare two methods for assessing student communication skills: a labor-intensive review of video-recorded interactions and global communications assessment using a comprehensive rotation-assessment tool. Secondary goals of the study were to evaluate student strengths and weaknesses to inform the pre-clinical communications curriculum and to evaluate for consistency between types of reviewers. Video recordings of 43 student encounters with clients presenting their animals for wellness or diagnostic appointments to the primary care service at a veterinary teaching hospital were reviewed by one of three primary care clinicians, a social worker, and a clinical communications instructor, using a common rubric...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356121/a-survey-of-the-impact-of-owning-a-service-dog-on-quality-of-life-for-individuals-with-physical-and-hearing-disability-a-pilot-study
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Sophie S Hall, Jessica MacMichael, Amy Turner, Daniel S Mills
BACKGROUND: Quality of life refers to a person's experienced standard of health, comfort and happiness and is typically measured using subjective self-report scales. Despite increasing scientific interest in the value of dogs to human health and the growing demand for trained service dogs, to date no research has reported how service dogs may affect client perceptions of quality of life. METHOD: We compared quality of life scores on the 16 item Flanagan quality of life scale from individuals who owned a trained service dog with those who were eligible to receive a dog, but did not yet have one (waiting list control)...
March 29, 2017: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339384/evaluation-of-the-most-frequently-prescribed-extemporaneously-compounded-veterinary-medications-at-a-large-independent-community-pharmacy
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Adel H Karara, Ryan Hines, Zehra Demir, Bethran Nnorom, Robert Horsey, Geoffrey Twigg
Extemporaneous drug formulation is essential to provide optimal pharmaceutical care to veterinary patients. The need for this is exacerbated by the fact that commercially produced veterinary-specific products, without a human indication, require specialty veterinary manufacturing facilities and a new animal drug application process to gain marketing approval. This study examined the prescription patterns of extemporaneously compounded veterinary preparations in the compounding department at a large independent community pharmacy...
November 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336025/service-dogs-in-the-perioperative-setting
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Janet A Levey, Sharon L Chappy
Service dogs are critical for the independence of individuals with disabilities because they assist with daily living activities and help these individuals navigate society. Perioperative nurses need a working knowledge of disability laws pertaining to service dogs to provide patient-centered care for individuals using service dogs. This article provides information on the Americans With Disabilities Act regulations regarding service dogs, makes recommendations for the care of patients with service dogs across the perioperative continuum, and offers policy directives to ensure that safe, high-quality care is delivered to patients using service dogs...
April 2017: AORN Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295988/measurement-of-plasma-cell-free-dna-concentrations-in-dogs-with-sepsis-trauma-and-neoplasia
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Jo-Annie Letendre, Robert Goggs
OBJECTIVES: To determine if cell-free DNA (cfDNA) was identifiable in canine plasma, to evaluate 3 techniques for the measurement of plasma cfDNA concentrations in dogs presented to an emergency service, and to compare the plasma cfDNA concentrations of healthy dogs to those with sepsis, trauma, and neoplasia. DESIGN: Retrospective study of banked canine plasma samples collected between May 2014 and December 2014. SETTING: Dogs presented to the emergency service of a university veterinary teaching hospital...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292227/an-observational-study-of-service-dogs-for-veterans-with-posttraumatic-stress-disorder
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Bobbi Jo H Yarborough, Ashli A Owen-Smith, Scott P Stumbo, Micah T Yarborough, Nancy A Perrin, Carla A Green
OBJECTIVES: This study examined needs related to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), assistance by service dogs, and feasibility of data collection among veterans receiving service dogs. METHODS: Questionnaires assessed PTSD-related needs and services performed or expected to be performed by service dogs among 78 veterans who had or were on a wait list for a service dog (average age, 42; women, 31%). Analyses compared pre-post characteristics among 22 veterans who received a service dog as part of the study (91% follow-up; average follow-up=3...
March 15, 2017: Psychiatric Services: a Journal of the American Psychiatric Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287780/examining-the-effects-of-a-novel-training-program-and-use-of-psychiatric-service-dogs-for-military-related-ptsd-and-associated-symptoms
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Megan L Kloep, Richard H Hunter, Sarah J Kertz
This study explored an intensive 3-week training program and use of psychiatric service dogs for military-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and associated symptoms. The sample included 2 separate cohorts of military veterans (n = 7 and n = 5) with prior diagnoses of PTSD. Participants completed self-report measures assessing PTSD, depression, perception of social support, anger, and overall quality of life 1 month prior to the training (baseline), at arrival to the training site, and 6-month follow-up...
March 13, 2017: American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287675/psychiatric-nurses-views-on-caring-patients-and-canine-companions
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Camille King
Psychiatric nurses are expert care providers for individuals with mental health needs. The art of caring spans across multiple species, is important to understand, and is universal whether intentions are toward individuals or animals. Pets are often cared for and viewed as family members. The current research examined psychiatric nurses' views on the similarities and differences of caring for patients and their pet dogs. Twenty-five nurses were interviewed. Similarities of caring for patients and canines included trusting relationships, companionship, daily basic needs, and improved communication through monitored body language...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275611/qualitative-research-to-design-sustainable-community-based-surveillance-for-rabies-in-northern-australia-and-papua-new-guinea
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Victoria J Brookes, Emma Kennedy, Phillipa Dhagapan, Michael P Ward
Given the proximity and recent spread of rabies in Indonesia, effective rabies surveillance in dogs is a priority in Northern Australia and Papua New Guinea (PNG). Reporting of potential cases requires community engagement; therefore, the value and acceptability of such a system is critical to ensure sustainable surveillance. We used qualitative research methods to identify factors that influence the acceptability and value of community-based rabies surveillance. Thirty-two semi-structured interviews were conducted with informants in 16 communities in East Arnhem, the Northern Peninsula Area, the Torres Strait in Australia, and in Western Province, PNG...
2017: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272182/use-of-a-dog-visitation-program-to-improve-patient-satisfaction-in-trauma-patients
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Penelope Stevens, John P Kepros, Benjamin D Mosher
Clinical staff members all recognize the importance of attaining high patient satisfaction scores. Although there are many variables that contribute to patient satisfaction, implementation of a dog visitation program has been shown to have positive effects on patient satisfaction in total joint replacement patients. This innovative practice had not previously been studied in trauma patients. The purpose of this quasi-experimental study was to determine whether dog visitation to trauma inpatients increased patient satisfaction scores with the trauma physicians...
March 2017: Journal of Trauma Nursing: the Official Journal of the Society of Trauma Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266550/functional-mri-in-awake-dogs-predicts-suitability-for-assistance-work
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Gregory S Berns, Andrew M Brooks, Mark Spivak, Kerinne Levy
The overall goal of this work was to measure the efficacy of fMRI for predicting whether a dog would be a successful service dog. The training and imaging were performed in 49 dogs entering service training at 17-21 months of age. 33 dogs completed service training and were matched with a person, while 10 were released for behavioral reasons (4 were selected as breeders and 2 were released for medical reasons.) After 2 months of training, fMRI responses were measured while each dog observed hand signals indicating either reward or no reward and given by both a familiar handler and a stranger...
March 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243185/immediate-effect-of-a-service-dog-on-walking-speed-in-individuals-with-multiple-sclerosis-and-gait-dysfunction-a-pilot-study
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Cecilie Fjeldstad, Gabriel Pardo
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: International Journal of MS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218025/dental-implants-and-incisor-bridge-placement-in-a-dog
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Rocco E Mele, Anthony Caiafa, Gregori M Kurtzman
Veterinary dentistry has tended to follow the trends and advancements in the human dental field. As for any procedure performed on a patient, whether human or animal, an informed decision is based on the available evidence regarding treatment options. This is certainly true for the more involved treatments in veterinary dentistry which can include the disciplines of endodontics and dental implantology. A number of published case reports have been accepted by the specialty that endodontic therapy is indeed a predictable and a valuable service that can be offered to pet owners...
December 2016: Journal of Veterinary Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164402/allergen-specific-immunotherapy-prescription-patterns-in-veterinary-practice-a-us-population-based-cohort-study
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Kathy Chu Tater, William Elliott Cole, Paul David Pion
BACKGROUND: Poor adherence to continuing allergen-specific immunotherapy treatment (ASIT) may be an issue in veterinary medicine. No studies describe how allergen tests are used in general veterinary practice, including the percentage of patients that receive ASIT after allergen testing. HYPOTHESIS/OBJECTIVES: Assess veterinary ASIT patterns in United States general practices. ANIMALS: Dogs (n = 2,557) and 121 cats allergen-tested at 177 hospitals (173 general practice and four specialty practices) in 44 states...
February 5, 2017: Veterinary Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156488/new-primary-palliative-care-pc-model-for-community-cancer-clinics-ccc
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Deborah Gray, Stephanie Struve, Carol Huibregtse, Qiaofang Chen
159 Background: Our CCC serving a mixed rural/urban population is part of a large integrated healthcare system in Eastern WI. The closest PC specialist/team is 45 miles away at one of the tertiary care facilities. To fill this service gap we implemented a primary PC model. An initial outpatient palliative care family conference (OFC) and use of cancer nurse navigators (CNN)are hallmarks of this program. METHODS: The VLCC, housed in a standalone facility is staffed by two medical oncologists and one radiation oncologist and has an infusion center and a full-fledged radiation oncology unit with support staff, including cancer nurse navigators, research nurses, social workers, a clinical psychologist, a pharmacist, a nutritionist, a therapy dog and a chaplain...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28147451/impact-of-the-alexander-technique-on-well-being-a-randomised-controlled-trial-involving-older-adults-with-visual-impairment
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Michael Gleeson, Catherine Sherrington, Serigne Lo, Robin Auld, Lisa Keay
BACKGROUND: Older adults with visual loss have high rates of depression, restricted participation and reduced quality of life. We sought to measure the impact of lessons in the Alexander technique on vision-related emotional and social well-being, as secondary outcomes to a study on improving physical functioning in this population. METHODS: This is a single-blind randomised controlled trial. One hundred and twenty community-dwelling adults aged 50 to 90 years with visual impairments were randomised to either 12 Alexander lessons over 12 weeks and usual care or usual care...
February 1, 2017: Clinical & Experimental Optometry: Journal of the Australian Optometrical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115177/prediction-of-lymph-node-parasite-load-from-clinical-data-in-dogs-with-leishmaniasis-an-application-of-radial-basis-artificial-neural-networks
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Rafaela Beatriz Pintor Torrecilha, Yuri Tani Utsunomiya, Luís Fábio da Silva Batista, Anelise Maria Bosco, Cáris Maroni Nunes, Paulo César Ciarlini, Márcia Dalastra Laurenti
Quantification of Leishmania infantum load via real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) in lymph node aspirates is an accurate tool for diagnostics, surveillance and therapeutics follow-up in dogs with leishmaniasis. However, qPCR requires infrastructure and technical training that is not always available commercially or in public services. Here, we used a machine learning technique, namely Radial Basis Artificial Neural Network, to assess whether parasite load could be learned from clinical data (serological test, biochemical markers and physical signs)...
January 30, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
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