The Impact of Therapy Dogs on Anxiety and Emotional Management in the Pediatric Emergency Department

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    University of Louisville
Updated on 7 July 2021


The purpose of this study is to assess the impact of therapy dogs on children's anxiety and emotional management during a visit to the pediatric emergency department.

Condition ANXIETY NEUROSIS, Anxiety, Anxiety Symptoms, Anxiety Disorders, Emotional Regulation, anxiety disorder, anxious
Treatment 10-minute visit with therapy dog and child life specialist handler
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04942678
SponsorUniversity of Louisville
Last Modified on7 July 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Children with a SUD score of 30 or higher indicated by the caregiver

Exclusion Criteria

Active infection: abscesses, fever, respiratory issues, vomiting
Patients presenting for burn care, dog bite, ESI triage category 1 or 2, or transferred from outside facilities
Sterile procedures
Oncology patients / patients with known neutropenia in past medical history
Parent/caregiver or patient fear of dogs
Parent/caregiver or patient allergy to dogs
Dog bite injury
Already underwent procedure during their visit
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