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Is animal-assisted therapy for minimally conscious state beneficial? A case study

Boitier, Jacqueline P. and Huber, Marion and Saleh, Christian and Kerry, Matthew J. and Hund-Georgiadis, Margret and Hediger, Karin. (2020) Is animal-assisted therapy for minimally conscious state beneficial? A case study. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 11. p. 491.

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Abstract

The goal of this single case study was to qualitatively investigate the effects of animal-assisted therapy in a patient in a minimally conscious state.; We present a 28-year-old female patient in a minimally conscious state following polytrauma after a sports accident leading to cerebral fat embolism causing multiple CNS ischemic lesions. She received eight animal-assisted therapy sessions and eight paralleled control therapy sessions over 4 weeks. We investigated the reactions of the patient during these sessions; via; qualitative behavior analysis.; The patient showed a broader variability and higher quality of behavior during animal-assisted therapy compared to control therapy sessions.; The observed behavioral changes showed higher arousal and increased awareness in the presence of an animal. The presented case supports the assumption that animal-assisted therapy can be a beneficial treatment approach for patients in a minimally conscious state.
Faculties and Departments:09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)
09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) > Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH) > Human and Animal Health > One Health (Zinsstag)
UniBasel Contributors:Hediger, Karin
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Further Journal Contribution
Publisher:Frontiers Research Foundation
e-ISSN:1664-0640
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal item
Language:English
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