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Outcomes of a controlled trial with visiting therapy dog teams on pain in adults in an emergency department

Pain is both an emotional and a sensory experience that is unpleasant and specific to an individual. The primary reason patients visit a hospital Emergency Department (ED) is to address pain and these account for approximately 80% of all visits. An ongoing concern with the quality of care in Eds is that patient pain is inadequately managed, in part because of long wait times. It is also recognized that experiencing anxiety in the ED can negatively impact patients’ pain and the perception of wait times. The aim of this study is to determine the effect that visiting therapy dog teams have on hospital ED patient pain following a controlled clinical trial format.

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