Nursing and the Role of Animals
Humans and animals have evolved together over thousands of years to the extent, one could argue, that a relationship of co-dependency exists. Animals play an important part in many cultures throughout the world. They are used for protection, work, to assist people with disabilities and for companionship. A more recent development has been to acknowledge animals as a therapeutic modality that can improve health outcomes in humans. A number of research studies provide clear evidence that human–animal interaction yields numerous benefits. This chapter explores the impact of animals on human health and discusses how nurses can facilitate pet therapy into health care.
- definitions and scientific research
- nursing and animals
- guidelines for nursing interventions.