Hall, D. (2018). Nursing Campus Therapy Dog: A Pilot Study. Teaching and Learning in Nursing, 13(4), 202-206.
This experimental pilot study investigated the long term effect of a therapy dog on the symptoms of anxiety and depression experienced by nursing students. Participants, assigned to a control or treatment group, completed the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale at the beginning and end of a 16 week semester. While there was no measurable effect on depression, participants in the treatment group had significantly less symptoms of anxiety at the end of the semester.