Animal Assisted Therapy Intervention for Hospitalized Patients in a Tertiary Care Center


  • Study type

  • Study IDs

  • Describes the nature of a clinical study. Types include:

    • Observational study — observes people and measures outcomes without affecting results.
    • Interventional study (clinical trial) — studies new tests, treatments, drugs, surgical procedures or devices.
    • Medical records research — uses historical information collected from medical records of large groups of people to study how diseases progress and which treatments and surgeries work best.
  • Site IRB
    • Rochester, Minnesota: 16-007730
    NCT ID: NCT02959632
    Sponsor Protocol Number: 16-007730

About this study

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the common symptoms leading to an Animal Assisted Therapy consult, and to measure its (AAT) influence on the symptoms and feelings of hospitalized patients.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. If you need assistance understanding the eligibility criteria, please contact the study team.

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Inclusion Criteria: (Patients):

  • Patients admitted to St Mary's or Methodist Hospital and subsequently referred for AAT.
  • Subjects undergoing Animal Assisted Therapy as part of their standard care.
  • Patients 18-80 years of age.
  • Patients who are able to read and answer pre- and post-intervention survey questionnaire and satisfaction survey.

Inclusion Criteria (Care Team Members):

  • Care team members of the study participants.
  • 18-80 years of age.
  • Who are able to read and answer pre- and post-intervention survey questionnaire and satisfaction survey.

Exclusion Criteria: Exclusion Criteria (Patients):

  • Patients with diagnoses of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or dementia.
  • Unable to give consent.
  • Pregnant women (as verbalized by participant).

Exclusion Criteria (Care Team Members):

  •  Care team members of the study participants who do not want to participate.

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact us for help.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Brent Bauer, M.D.

Closed for enrollment

Contact information:

Judy Ann Tan M.D.

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