John Ioannides, MD, Stanford Medicine, has challenged his healthcare peers’ misleading and simply wrong clinical research. In fact, he claims that 80 percent of non-randomized studies and 25 percent of randomized studies are wrong.
And yet, the evidence-based standard of care and clinical protocols continue to be based on these research outcomes.
So are these research challenges also applicable to Animal Therapy (aka Animal-assisted Therapy)?
As with clinical research in the rest of healthcare … there remains questions.
That said, here is some of the better research in this space:
Psychosocial and Psychophysiological Effects of Human-Animal Interactions: The Possible Role of Oxytocin
Front Psychol. 2012; 3: 234
Animal-assisted therapy in patients hospitalized with heart failure
American Journal of Critical Care, 2007 (http://ajcc.aacnjournals.org/content/16/6/575.full)
Health benefits of animal-assisted interventions
Complementary Health Practice Review, 2007 (Download PDF)
Children with autism and therapy dogs in social interaction
Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology, 2010 (Download PDF)
Dementia and animal-assisted therapy
American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias, 2003 (Download PDF)
Dogs ease anxiety, improve health status of hospitalized heart failure patients
American Heart Association Abstract 2513 (Download PDF)
P.E.T.S. (Patient Engagement Treatment Services)