Animal-assisted interaction for Hospitalism in Children

Phase-Based Progress Estimates
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Hospitalism in Children+1 More
Animal-assisted interaction - Behavioral
Any Age
All Sexes
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Study Summary

The purpose of this research study is to test whether an animal-assisted intervention (AAI) is better than conversation with another person or treatment as usual for improving mood, anxiety, loneliness, quality of life, and indicators of health care services such as number of hospitalizations, length of hospital stay, and cost of services for children and adolescents.

Eligible Conditions

  • Hospitalism in Children

Treatment Effectiveness

Effectiveness Progress

1 of 3

Study Objectives

4 Primary · 0 Secondary · Reporting Duration: Baseline to end of treatment (about 5 days), 1 month after treatment

Month 1
Change in Anxiety
Change in Depression
Change in Loneliness
Change in Mood

Trial Safety

Safety Progress

1 of 3

Trial Design

3 Treatment Groups

Treatment as usual
1 of 3
Conversational interaction
1 of 3
Animal-assisted interaction
1 of 3
Active Control
Experimental Treatment

60 Total Participants · 3 Treatment Groups

Primary Treatment: Animal-assisted interaction · No Placebo Group · N/A

Conversational interaction
Experimental Group · 1 Intervention: Conversational interaction · Intervention Types: Behavioral
Animal-assisted interaction
Experimental Group · 1 Intervention: Animal-assisted interaction · Intervention Types: Behavioral
Treatment as usualNoIntervention Group · 1 Intervention: Treatment as usual · Intervention Types:

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Approximate Timeline
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: baseline to end of treatment (about 5 days), 1 month after treatment
Closest Location: Virginia Commonwealth University · Richmond, VA
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2019First Recorded Clinical Trial
1 TrialsResearching Hospitalism in Children
526 CompletedClinical Trials

Who is running the clinical trial?

Virginia Commonwealth UniversityLead Sponsor
609 Previous Clinical Trials
342,325 Total Patients Enrolled
Purina Mills, IncUNKNOWN
Nancy R Gee, PhDPrincipal InvestigatorVirginia Commonwealth University

Eligibility Criteria

Age Any Age · All Participants · 7 Total Inclusion Criteria

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You must speak English.\n
You have access to a working phone, email, or address so that follow-up measures can be completed/sent.

About The Reviewer

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Michael Gill - B. Sc.

First Published: October 9th, 2021

Last Reviewed: August 12th, 2022

Michael Gill holds a Bachelors of Science in Integrated Science and Mathematics from McMaster University. During his degree he devoted considerable time modeling the pharmacodynamics of promising drug candidates. Since then, he has leveraged this knowledge of the investigational new drug ecosystem to help his father navigate clinical trials for multiple myeloma, an experience which prompted him to co-found Power Life Sciences: a company that helps patients access randomized controlled trials.