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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

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,; Julie Miller, The authors would like to thank Katherine Connor, RN, for assisting with data collection for their unpublished study, Dr.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.