Dr. Clare Jensen – Dr. Maggie O’Haire | Can Dogs Improve the Mental Wellbeing of Pediatric Healthcare Professionals?

Jul 9, 2024 | health and medicine

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Interacting with therapy dogs can have significant benefits for patients, such as reduced anxiety and pain. A growing number of pediatric healthcare facilities even have ‘facility dogs’, or full-time therapy dogs who are specially trained to work closely with staff. The positive impacts of these dogs on the wellbeing of pediatric patients are well documented. However, Dr. Clare Jensen, Dr. Maggie O’Haire, and their colleagues from Purdue University and the University of Arizona wished to investigate whether facility dogs also benefit pediatric healthcare workers. Professionals in these positions are at risk of experiencing poor mental health and burnout, so finding ways to reduce their stress would be invaluable. Read More

Original Article Reference

Summary of the paper ‘The effects of facility dogs on burnout, job-related well-being, and mental health in pediatric hospital professionals’, from the Journal of Clinical Nursing, doi.org/10.1111/jocn.15694

This research was supported by Elanco Animal Health, a division of Eli Lilly and Company, and the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences


For further information, you can connect with Dr. Clare Jensen and Dr. Maggie O’Haire on social media: @ohairelab

W: https://vetmed.arizona.edu/research/human-animal-interaction/ohaire



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