Animal Assisted Activity Program on Patients and Staff on an Inpatient Surgical Oncology Unit
This trial has been completed.
|Treatments||standard post surgery care, caring canine program, baseline and post assessment|
|Sponsor||Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center|
|Start date||January 2015|
|End date||January 2017|
|Trial size||146 participants|
|Trial identifier||NCT02363608, 15-010|
The purpose of this study is to describe the effects of canine-assisted activity visits on patients and staff in a hospital setting. The Caring Canines program uses dogs who have been trained to be obedient, calm and comforting. It involves a visit by a volunteer (called the dog's handler) and the volunteer's dog that has been trained and tested to have a good personality and to follow commands. A visit typically lasts about 10-15 minutes with the patient interacting with the dog while the dog is supervised by the handler. Memorial Sloan Kettering currently has Caring Canine dogs visit patients but the investigators don't yet know the impact of these visits on patients and staff. The investigators would like to see how the Caring Canine visits impact a patients' mood, including anxiety, stress, and sense of well-being. Two groups of patients will take part in this study - the first group will receive standard post surgery care and will not receive a visit from the Caring Canines program and the second group will receive daily visits (Tuesday -Friday) from the Caring Canines program while they are on M15. The purpose of this study is to look at differences in well-being between patients who have the visits with the dogs and patients who do not.
change from baseline in the follow-up PHQ-4 scores
time frame: 1 year
difference in baseline and follow-up ProQOL scores (For Staff)
time frame: 1 year
All participants at least 18 years old.
Inclusion Criteria: Patients - Age greater than 21 - Admitted to M15 following a Monday or Tuesday surgery - Ability to speak and read English. Staff - Age greater than 21 - Works at least one day shift a week on M15 - Ability to speak and read English Exclusion Criteria: Patients - Self reported allergy to dogs - Medical need to be in an isolation room - Medical need to be in a Protective Environment room . Staff - Self reported allergy to dogs
|Official title||Caring Canines: Outcomes From an Animal Assisted Activity Program on Patients and Staff on an Inpatient Surgical Oncology Unit|
|Principal investigator||Pamela Ginex, EdD, RN, OCN|
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