Animal Facilitated Therapy (AFT) is the use of trained animals for therapeutic motivational or educational benefit of patients.
AFT with dogs involves a visit by a volunteer (the dog's handler) and the volunteer's dog that has been trained in temperament and obedience. A visit from a therapeutic dog usually takes about 10-15 minutes with the patient interacting with the therapy dog while the dog is supervised by the handler.
Staff and patient participants in the current study were overwhelming positive about their experience with AFT in an acute care setting. This type of program is most often coordinated by the volunteer services department in hospital settings.
Collaboration between volunteer services and nursing can enhance the healing environment and improve patients' outcomes.
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