Therapy-Dog Visits for Kids With Cancer: a Safe Way to Induce Smiles?

Therapy-Dog Visits for Kids With Cancer: a Safe Way to Induce Smiles?

Dr. Jessica Chubak and Rene Hawkes from Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, with Dr. Catherine Fiona Macpherson at Seattle Children’s Hospital and other collaborators just published the results of their pilot study in the Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing on therapy-dog visits for children hospitalized for cancer. Now, Chubak is launching a larger randomized controlled trial based on the successful pilot study. Her co-investigator is Dr. Danielle Zerr, Seattle Children's medical director of infection prevention and UW professor and division chief of pediatric infectious diseases. The Seattle Children's team for the randomized controlled trial includes Dr. Xuan Qin, Dr. Douglas Hawkins, Amanda Adler, Sarah Steele and Amin Addetia.

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