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Grand Rounds: Understanding Animal-Assisted Interventions

12-17-2021

By Taylor Chastain Griffin, PhD , Executive Director, Association for Animal-Assisted Intervention Professionals; National Director, AAI Advancement, Pet Partners


Objectives (Educational Content) :

1. Differentiate between the various kinds of working animals: service animals, therapy animals, and emotional support animals. 2. Identify the contexts in which different animal-assisted interventions are most appropriate for meeting a person's treatment objectives/needs. 3. Summarize key empirical findings related to the efficacy of animal-assisted interventions.

Target Audience:

General pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, psychologists, and nurses.

Identified Gap:

New information on the effectiveness of animal-assisted interventions.

Estimated Time to Complete the Educational Activity:

1 hour

Expiration Date for CME Credit:

12-16-2022

Method of Physician Participation in the Learning Process:

The learner will view the presentation, successfully complete a post-test and complete an activity evaluation.

Evaluation Methods:

All learners must successfully complete a post-test, as well as an activity evaluation, to claim CME credit.

Disclosure:

Dr. Griffin has indicated that there are no relevant financial or other relationships with any commercial interests and that this activity was developed independent of commercial interest.

Accreditation Statement:

Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron is accredited by the Ohio State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CHMCA designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM.  Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Bibliography:

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McCullough, A., Ruehrdanz, A., Jenkins, M. A., Gilmer, M. J., Olson, J., Pawar, A., ... & Grossman, N. J. (2018). Measuring the Effects of an Animal-Assisted Intervention for Pediatric Oncology Patients and Their Parents: A Multisite Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 35(3), 159-177.

Tsai, C. C., Friedmann, E., & Thomas, S. A. (2010). The effect of animal-assisted therapy on stress responses in hospitalized children. Anthrozoös, 23(3), 245-258.