Poster Session
Issue Date: August 2020
Published Online: August 01, 2020
Updated: September 09, 2020
The Effects of Pets on Chronic Pain
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL, USA
  • Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL, USA
  • Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL, USA
  • Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL, USA
  • Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL, USA
  • Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL, USA
Article Information
Complementary/Alternative Approaches / Musculoskeletal Impairments / Basic Research
Poster Session   |   August 01, 2020
The Effects of Pets on Chronic Pain
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 2020, Vol. 74, 7411505206. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2020.74S1-PO7514
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 2020, Vol. 74, 7411505206. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2020.74S1-PO7514
Abstract

Date Presented 03/28/20

This qualitative study explored pets in chronic-pain-patients’ lives, through an online survey of open-ended questions. Adult pet owners with chronic pain were recruited from Facebook pain groups. Qualitative data were analyzed using grounded theory until saturation was reached. Multiple researchers and data collection from multiple sources ensured triangulation, rigor, and trustworthiness of the data. Participants reported that pets helped improve their mood, activity, pain, and function.

Primary Author and Speaker: April DuCasse

Additional Authors and Speakers: Adriana Staples, Brittany Bird, Mary Palm, Aurelia Alexander, Barbara Kornblau