Oct 13, 2022 | health and medicine

About this episode

Military veterans are diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder at a much higher rate than civilians. There is a growing interest in psychiatric assistance dog placements to help veterans cope with their symptoms, however research into their effectiveness is limited. Sarah Leighton and her colleagues from Purdue University and the University of Arizona have undertaken a review of the existing evidence surrounding these partnerships to determine their efficacy. Whilst more detailed and robust research is still needed, they found positive support for this intervention.

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This SciPod is a summary of the paper ‘Assistance dogs for military veterans with PTSD: A systematic review, meta-analysis, and meta-synthesis’, published in PLoS ONE. DOI:

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