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www.ProHealth.com • December 12, 2012


Therapy Dogs in Waiting Room Help Reduce FM SymptomsArticle:

Impact of Animal-Assisted Therapy for Outpatients with Fibromyalgia
– Source: Pain Medicine, November 21, 2012

By Dawn A. Marcus, et al.

Abstract:

Objectives:  Animal-assisted therapy using dogs trained to be calm and provide comfort to strangers has been used as a complementary therapy for a range of medical conditions. This study was designed to evaluate the effects of brief therapy dog visits for fibromyalgia patients attending a tertiary outpatient pain management facility compared with time spent in a waiting room.

Design:  Open label with waiting room control.

Setting:  Tertiary care, university-based, outpatient pain management clinic.

Subjects:  A convenience sample of fibromyalgia patients was obtained through advertisements posted in the clinic.

Interventions:  Participants were able to spend clinic waiting time with a certified therapy dog instead of waiting in the outpatient waiting area. When the therapy dog was not available, individuals remained in the waiting area.

Outcome Measures: Self-reported pain, fatigue, and emotional distress were recorded using 11-point numeric rating scales before and after the therapy dog visit or waiting room time.

Results:  Data were evaluated from 106 therapy dog visits and 49 waiting room controls, with no significant between-group demographic differences in participants. Average intervention duration was 12 minutes for the therapy dog visit and 17 minutes for the waiting room control.

Significant improvements were reported for pain, mood, and other measures of distress among patients after the therapy dog visit, but not the waiting room control. Clinically meaningful pain relief (?2 points pain severity reduction) occurred in 34% after the therapy dog visit and 4% in the waiting room control.

Outcome was not affected by the presence of comorbid anxiety or depression.

Conclusions:  Brief therapy dog visits may provide a valuable complementary therapy for fibromyalgia outpatients.

Source: Pain Medicine, November 21, 2012 By Dawn A. Marcus, C.D. Bernstein, J.M. Constantin, F.A. Kunkel, P. Breuer, R.B. Hanion. Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.




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Dogs or Cards
Posted by: IanH
Dec 12, 2012
Significant improvements were reported for pain, mood, and other measures of distress among patients after the therapy dog visit.

How long after?
You would expect some distractive and relaxant effect from playing with dogs (good gods).

You would probably get the same results if the experimental group played cards.

WOW, this tell us a lot about FM and how to deal with it!
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