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Dog handlers' experiences of therapy dogs' impact on life near death for persons with dementia
Sophiahemmet University.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0553-199X
Sophiahemmet University.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5923-8764
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2019 (English)In: International Journal of Palliative Nursing, ISSN 1357-6321, E-ISSN 2052-286X, Vol. 25, no 2, p. 65-71Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND:: Persons with dementia may have severe physical and psychological symptoms at the end of life. A therapy dog used in their care can provide comfort and relieve their anxiety. The dog handler guides the dog during the interaction with the patient.

AIM:: To describe the impact of therapy dogs on people with dementia in the final stages of life from the perspective of the dog handler.

METHODS:: Interviews were conducted and analysed using qualitative content analysis.

FINDINGS:: The dog provides comfort and relief through its presence and by responding to the physical and emotional expressions of the dying person.

CONCLUSIONS:: Interactions with dogs were found to have a positive impact on persons with dementia and eased the symptoms associated with end of life according to the dog handlers.

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2019. Vol. 25, no 2, p. 65-71
Keywords [en]
Animal-assisted therapy, Dementia, Palliative care, Therapy dog
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:shh:diva-3248DOI: 10.12968/ijpn.2019.25.2.65PubMedID: 30785819OAI: oai:DiVA.org:shh-3248DiVA, id: diva2:1293574
Available from: 2019-03-05 Created: 2019-03-05 Last updated: 2019-03-05Bibliographically approved

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