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Impact of Human-Animal Interactions on Children with Life-Threatening Conditions and their Parents

This clinical trial explores the impact of human-animal interactions on children with life-threatening conditions and their parent. Studies have shown that animals can be entertaining and promote relaxation and comfort during stressful events. Having animal-assisted interaction visits on a routine basis, with a trained animal-handler and his / her dog, may make the cancer treatment process less stressful for the parent and children.
Miscellaneous, Pediatrics
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Gilmer, Mary Jo
Vanderbilt University
Supportive Care


8 Years
Inclusion Criteria:

CHILDREN: Ages of 8-17 years

CHILDREN: Diagnosed with advanced cancer as defined by any stage of relapsed, recurrent or refractory cancer as indicated by healthcare team

CHILDREN: Able to understand English or Spanish to complete consents and surveys

CAREGIVERS: Parent or guardian as determined by person who brings child to > 50% of their clinic visits

CAREGIVERS: Able to understand English or Spanish to complete consents and surveys

ANIMAL THERAPY TEAMS: Registered Pet Partners or other nationally recognized agency team

ANIMAL THERAPY TEAMS: Owner able to speak and understand English or Spanish

ANIMAL THERAPY TEAMS: Owner who has successfully completed volunteer training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Exclusion Criteria:


A self-reported fear of or allergies to canines

Cognitive impairment as identified by healthcare team or inability to complete consenting process

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