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Shintani, Mai
Takayanagi, Tomoko
Katayama, Yoshimi
Furusawa, Kazunari
Okutani, Tamami
Kataoka, Masaki
Abstract

To assess the effects of service dogs on health-related quality of life (HRQOL), we conducted a survey of 10 service dog owners using SF-36v2 (Medical Outcomes Study 36 Item Short-Form Health Survey Version 2.0) and compared it with a matched control group of people with physical disabilities who did not have service dogs but were eligible for one. The scores for mental health and role emotional of service dog owners were relatively high, and their mental component summary was higher than the general population norm. These results indicate that service dogs affect the mentality of their owners. The comparison with the control group indicated that service dogs alleviate the mental burden of daily activities, and subjectively improved the physical functioning of their owners. This study showed that service dogs have positive functional and mental effects on their disabled owners.

Keywords
service dog
HRQOL
SF-36v2
people with physical disability
Amo Type
Original Article
Published Date
2010-04
Publication Title
Acta Medica Okayama
Volume
volume64
Issue
issue2
Publisher
Okayama University Medical School
Start Page
109
End Page
113
ISSN
0386-300X
NCID
AA00508441
Content Type
Journal Article
language
英語
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Refereed
True
PubMed ID
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