Curadores naturais: Uma revisão da terapia e atividades assistidas por animais como tratamento complementar de doenças crônicas

Translated title of the contribution: Natural healers: A review of animal assisted therapy and activities as complementary treatment for chronic conditions

Reiley Reed, Lilian Ferrer, Natalia Villegas

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Abstract

The primary objective of this review is to synthesize the existing literature on the use of animal-assisted therapy and activity (AAT/A) as complementary treatment among people living with chronic disease and to discuss the possible application of this practice among children living with HIV. Relevant databases were searched between March 10 and April 11, 2011, using the words: animal assisted therapy or treatment and chronic conditions or diseases. Thirty-one articles were found and 18 followed the inclusion and exclusion criteria. Research suggests that AAT/A is effective for different patient profiles, particularly children. Interaction with dogs has been found to increase positive behaviors, such as sensitivity and focus, in children with social disabilities. Decreased levels of pain have also been reported among child patients as a result of AAT/A. More research should be done in the area of children living with chronic diseases that require strict adherence to treatment, such as HIV, and on AAT/A's prospective use as an educational tool to teach children about the importance of self-care for their medical conditions.

Translated title of the contributionNatural healers: A review of animal assisted therapy and activities as complementary treatment for chronic conditions
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)612-618
Number of pages7
JournalRevista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 10 2012

Keywords

  • Animal assisted therapy
  • Chronic disease
  • Complementary therapies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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