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Animal-assisted interventions may support quality of life and decrease the degree of depressivity in patients with dementia in nursing homes.
Larger definitive trials are needed to confirm effectiveness of animal-assisted interventions in people suffering from dementia.
There is a growing body of evidence indicating that animal-assisted interventions in patients suffering from dementia in nursing homes may prove effective in improving quality of life; however, mixed results have been reported with respect to whether these …
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