The objective of this review is to examine the perceptions and experiences of health care professionals and staff in implementing or coordinating animal-assisted interventions in health care settings.
Animal-assisted interventions are applied in the areas of health, education, and human services to help improve individuals’ health and wellness. The positive effects of animal-assisted interventions on individuals have been shown in multiple health disciplines from pediatrics to long-term care and include outcomes such as decreased feelings of loneliness and increased feelings of support. The increase of animal-assisted interventions in human health initiated growing research on health care professionals’ perceptions and experiences of these interventions. No current qualitative systematic reviews have focused solely on health care professionals’ and staff’s perceptions of animal-assisted interventions. Conducting such a review will advance understanding of how these providers perceive and engage with animal-assisted interventions as well as their influence and role in coordinating these interventions.
This review will consider qualitative primary studies that address the perceptions and experiences of health care professionals and staff in implementing or coordinating animal-assisted interventions in health care settings. Studies published from database inception to present and in English will be considered.
Nine bibliographic databases will be systematically searched for published and unpublished studies by employing a three-step search strategy. Two reviewers will independently appraise the studies and extract qualitative data using the standardized JBI critical appraisal and data extraction instruments. Findings from the review will be categorized according to similarity in meaning and categories subjected to a meta-synthesis to produce a single comprehensive set of synthesized findings.
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Correspondence: Amy J. Beck, email@example.com
The authors declare no conflict of interest.
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