Children’s Hospital Boston, Pawprints Visitation Program
Pawprints is Children’s Hospital Boston’s therapy dog visitation program, which provides hospitalized children and their families a healthy diversion from the usual hospital routine. Eligible patients and their families may request a visit from one of the hospital’s certified and specially trained therapy dogs.
In addition to their successful children’s pet therapy program, Pawprints is preparing a research study which aims to describe dog visitation in acute care pediatric hospital settings from parent and child perspectives.
The study will examine the impact of dog visitation on a child’s affective state, mood and anxiety and will be published internationally. Specific goals include defining the best practices of dog visitation and creating a case for increased funding for programs. The PDF grant is earmarked to support the execution and dissemination of this study.