Animal-assisted therapy as an intervention for reducing depression among long-term care residents
The purpose of this study is to determine the effect of animal-assisted intervention on reducing depression and loneliness among older adults residing in a long-term care facility. Forty-eight residents from one long-term care facility in a northern Colorado city participated in the study. Subjects who met established criteria completed the 30-item Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS - 30) and the UCLA Loneliness Scale. The subjects were randomly distributed into a control or an experimental group. Both groups received usual care; but the experimental group also received the animal assisted intervention ...
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