Can a Canine Companion Modify Cardiac Autonomic Reactivity and Tone in PTSD
Technical Report,23 Dec 2017,22 Dec 2018
Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research Palo Alto United States
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We are actively acquiring and processing data that tests the impact of participation in the Service Animal Training Intervention program at the VAPAHCS-Trauma Recovery Program autonomic regulation, social experience, and social cognition in PTSD. Overall, recruitment has been on target, but enrollment in the intensive arm of the study has slowed due to canine medical and behavioral issues. New canines are expected to join the program soon and recruitment for this study arm is expected to return to previous levels. Preliminary results suggest an effect of canine companionship on attentional bias. Preliminary analyses of the impact of canine companionship on sleep and social behaviors are underway.
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