Pet therapy program for antepartum high-risk pregnancies: a pilot study.

OBJECTIVE:

This pilot study evaluated the potential benefits of pet therapy on symptoms of anxiety and depression in antepartum hospitalized women with high-risk pregnancies.

CONCLUSION:

Pet therapy significantly reduced anxiety and depression in antepartum hospitalized women with high-risk pregnancies.

Author Information:

  1. Department of Psychiatry, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR, USA.
  2. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR, USA.
  3. Department of Biostatistics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR, USA.
  4. 1] Department of Psychiatry, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR, USA [2] Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR, USA [3] Department of Pediatrics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR, USA.

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