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Animal-assisted therapy

What is animal-assisted therapy?

Animal-assisted interventions use trained animals to help improve physical, mental and social functions in people with schizophrenia. It is a goal-directed intervention in which an animal that meets specific criteria is an integral part of the treatment process, which usually involves pharmaceutical and psychosocial treatment components. It has been shown to improve outcomes for people with autism-spectrum symptoms, medical difficulties, and behavioural problems.


What is the evidence for animal-assisted therapy?

Low quality evidence is unable to determine the benefits of animal-assisted therapy for people with schizophrenia. Review authors report that it has potential for improving symptoms with few adverse effects.


May 2016

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