AMEDD Journal

Knisely, J.K., Barker, S.B, & Barker, R.T. (2012). Research on Benefits of Canine-Assisted Therapy for Adults in Non-Military Settings. AMEDD Journal, April-June.

Research has examined the physiological and psychosocial impact of animal-assisted activities (AAA) and animal–assisted therapy (AAT). The current review article summarizes the benefits of AAA and AAT for hospitalized patients with medical disorders, psychiatric patients, and residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities. The literature regarding inclusion of animals in business and organizational settings is also reviewed. Although there is clear evidence of improved physical and psychological health from AAA and AAT in the civilian population, there is a dearth of published findings of the evaluation of such benefits for military personnel.