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The Relationship Between Pet Therapy and "Well-being" in Geriatric Rehabilitation In-patients

This study is enrolling participants by invitation only.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Meir Medical Center Identifier:
First received: November 3, 2010
Last updated: August 27, 2011
Last verified: August 2011
In -patients in a geriatric rehabilitation unit, will participate in structured therapy with guinea-pigs on the assumption that the therapy will reduce anxiety and improve the outcome of their rehabilitation.

Condition Intervention
Cerebrovascular Accident
Hip Fracture
Behavioral: care of guinea pigs
Behavioral: guinea pigs

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: The Relationship Between Pet Therapy and "Well Being" in Geriatric Rehabilitation In-patients

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Further study details as provided by Meir Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The relationship between pet-therapy and "well-being"among geriatric rehabilitation in-patients [ Time Frame: two weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    use of validated questionaires to measure mood,anxiety and quality of life before and after the pet therapy

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • anxiety score [ Time Frame: two weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: November 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: May 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date: May 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
care of guinea pigs
Each patient serves as own control receiving "pet therapy "and "usual" occupational therapy on alternate days.
Behavioral: care of guinea pigs
twice weekly sessions of care with guinea pigs
Behavioral: guinea pigs
twice weekly pet therapy and twice weekly "usual " occupational therapy

Detailed Description:
Measurement of anxiety before and after pet therapy using standardized questionaire.

Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

willingness to touch the pets,-

Exclusion Criteria:

blindness,deafness,aphasia, lack of knowledge of hebrew language,allergy or phobia to animals.MMSE less than 21,duration of admission lessthan two weeks.-

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01234844

Geriatric Department ,Meir Hospital
Kfar Saba, Israel
Sponsors and Collaborators
Meir Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Devorah T Spiegel, MB.ChB Meir hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: Meir Medical Center Identifier: NCT01234844     History of Changes
Obsolete Identifiers: NCT01233466
Other Study ID Numbers: MMC10157-2010CTIL 
Study First Received: November 3, 2010
Last Updated: August 27, 2011
Health Authority: Israel: Ministry of Health

Keywords provided by Meir Medical Center:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Hip Fractures
Femoral Fractures
Fractures, Bone
Wounds and Injuries
Hip Injuries
Leg Injuries
Cerebrovascular Disorders
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases processed this record on December 09, 2016