Animal-Assisted Therapy in Pediatric Palliative Care

Nurs Clin North Am. 2016 Sep;51(3):381-95. doi: 10.1016/j.cnur.2016.05.007.


Animal-assisted therapy is an emerging complementary strategy with an increasing presence in the literature. Limited studies have been conducted with children, particularly those with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions. Although outcomes show promise in decreasing suffering of children receiving palliative care services, more work is needed to validate evidence to support implementation of animal-assisted therapy with this vulnerable population.

Keywords: Animal-assisted therapy; Evidence-based practice; Interventions; Palliative care; Pediatrics; Suffering.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Animal Assisted Therapy / organization & administration*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Chronic Disease / therapy*
  • Evidence-Based Practice / organization & administration*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Palliative Care / methods*
  • Pediatrics / methods*