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Type: Journal article
Title: Furry and feathered family members: A critical review of their role in palliative care
Author: Chur-Hansen, A.
Zambrano Ramos, S.
Crawford, G.
Citation: The American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care, 2013; Online(6):1-7
Publisher: Prime National Publishing Corp.
Issue Date: 2013
ISSN: 1049-9091
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Anna Chur-Hansen, Sofia C. Zambrano, and Gregory B. Crawford
Abstract: This article presents a comprehensive critical review of the peer-reviewed literature on palliative care and companion animals (CAs), reporting on the evidence and knowledge base regarding CAs and their role for people at end of life. PubMed, PsycINFO, Medline, Scopus, and Google Scholar were searched for studies pertaining to CAs, end of life, and hospice palliative care. Six studies dealt specifically with empirical research. The remaining literature addressed the topic peripherally or anecdotally. The evidence for efficacy and the knowledge base about the role of CAs at end of life in hospice and palliative care is weak. Further efforts are required to study the conditions under which CAs may be beneficial for patient care, including acceptability to staff, family, and other patients, and with consideration of welfare for the animals involved.
Keywords: palliative care; hospice; companion animal; social support; animal-assisted therapy
Rights: © The Author(s) 2013
RMID: 0020138031
DOI: 10.1177/1049909113497084
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