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Occupational therapists as dog handlers: the collective experience with animal-assisted therapy in iraq.
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PMID:  22388681     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
The first pair of US Army animal-assisted therapy (AAT) dogs deployed to Iraq in December 2007 with the 85th Medical Detachment Combat and Operational Stress Control unit. As of this writing, 6 dogs have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, offering Soldiers a small reminder of home. Army occupational therapists led the way in this endeavor as primary handlers; the path has been rocky but ultimately rewarding. This article depicts how occupational therapists used AAT and animal-assisted activities to help Soldiers cope with the stressors of living in a deployed environment. Challenges and lessons-learned, including anecdotal examples, are discussed.
Authors:
Lorie Fike; Cecilia Najera; David Dougherty
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  U.S. Army Medical Department journal     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1524-0436     ISO Abbreviation:  US Army Med Dep J     Publication Date:    2012 Apr-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-03-05     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9617037     Medline TA:  US Army Med Dep J     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  51-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Fort Hood, Texas.
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