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?

Moderate to low quality evidence suggests animal-assisted therapy (dog or cat) may improve social functioning in people with schizophrenia.

May 2019

Last updated at: 2:18 am, 8th May 2019
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