This paper discusses the history and program implementation of animal-assisted therapy (AAT) in nursing homes, hospitals, and long-term care. The physiological and psychological benefits are analyzed through surveys in assays. The California Health Interview Survey was conducted with SPSS for a Chi Square analysis of the physiological and psychological benefits. The independent variables included the health variables of cases with heart disease, heart failure, and episodes of epilepsy and seizures. The dependent variable included the presence of dogs or cats in the household. Results were significant for the physiological variables of presence of heart disease and heart failure. The association was not significant with psychological variables of feeling wanted and loved and of seizure and epileptic episodes. Limitations included not having direct exposure of the participants AAT with substitution of the presence of canines and felines in the household. Other limitations were sociological influences and deficiencies in knowledge of zoonosis.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Alternative Medicine, Public health, Health care management|
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