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Effects of Animal-Assisted Therapy on Behavioral and/or Psychological Symptoms in Dementia: A Case Report
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, Centrum för klinisk forskning i Sörmland (CKFD). Mälardalens högskola.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0667-7111
2012 (English)In: American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementia, ISSN 1533-3175, Vol. 27, no 8, 625-632 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]


Recently, interest in nonpharmaceutical interventions in dementia care has increased. Animal-assisted therapy has been shown to be one promising intervention but more knowledge is needed. The present article reports on a pilot study involving an 84-year-old woman with vascular dementia who was systematically trained with a therapy dog team for 8 weeks.


A quasi-experimental longitudinal interventional design with pre-post measures was used. Data were collected on 3 occasions. Descriptive statistics were used for data analysis.


Some effects on the woman's ability to walk and move were identified. In addition, some effects in the woman's cognitive state were observed.


Physical, psychological, and/or social training with certified therapy dog teams can have effects on behavioral and psychological symptoms in people living with dementia. Further research is needed.

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2012. Vol. 27, no 8, 625-632 p.
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animal-assisted therapy, BPSD, dementia care, dog therapy, nonpharmaceutical interventions
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-188391DOI: 10.1177/1533317512464117ISI: 000310876100012PubMedID: 23100630OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-188391DiVA: diva2:578820
Available from: 2012-12-19 Created: 2012-12-17 Last updated: 2015-01-19Bibliographically approved

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