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Animal-Assisted Therapy: Domestic animals aren't merely pets. To some, they can be healers.

Stanley-Hermanns, Melinda MSN, RN,BC; Miller, Julie BSN, RN, CCRN

AJN The American Journal of Nursing: October 2002 - Volume 102 - Issue 10 - p 69-76
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The physiologic effects of pet therapy are evident, as more and more programs are finding out.

Melinda Stanley-Hermanns is a senior lecturer and course coordinator in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Texas at Tyler. Julie Miller is a staff development educator in critical care at Trinity Mother Frances Health System, also in Tyler. Contact authors: Melinda Stanley-Hermanns, mhermanns@mail.uttyl.edu; Julie Miller, millerj@trimofran.org. The authors would like to thank Katherine Connor, RN, for assisting with data collection for their unpublished study, Dr. Linda Klotz, sponsoring professor for the study, and Stephanie Alred, statistician.

© 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.