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Assisted therapy dogs in cancer services for children

Moreira RL, Gubert FA, Sabino LMM et al (2016) Assisted therapy with dogs in pediatric oncology: relatives' and nurses' perceptions. Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem. 69, 6, 1122-1128.
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Moreira RL, Gubert FA, Sabino LMM et al (2016) Assisted therapy with dogs in pediatric oncology: relatives' and nurses' perceptions. Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem. 69, 6, 1122-1128.

Background

Healthcare professionals are keen to find alternative therapies that may help reduce the stress of hospital admissions, especially in the treatment of cancer, which is often a traumatic experience. Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) involves using animals to help improve patients’ health and well-being, and it can be used to alleviate stressful situations.

Aim

The aims of this research study are to understand perceptions of assisted therapy with dogs (ATD) among healthcare professionals, and the families of children and adolescents with cancer.

Methods

This was a qualitative study that took place in a paediatric cancer centre at a hospital in north-east Brazil.

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