The role of assistance dogs in society

Audrestch, Hilary M. and Whelan, Chantelle T. and Grice, David and Asher, Lucy and England, Gary C.W. and Freeman, Sarah L. (2015) The role of assistance dogs in society. Disabililty and Health Journal, 8 (4). pp. 469-474. ISSN 1876-7583

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Abstract

Assistance dogs are specially trained to undertake a variety of tasks to help individuals with disabilities. This review gives an overview of the different types of assistance dogs in the UK, including guide dogs, hearing dogs, mobility assistance dogs, service dogs and dual purpose dogs. The literature describes many benefits of assistance dogs, including their impact on physical wellbeing and safety of their ‘owners,’ as well as on psychological wellbeing and social inclusion. The role of assistance dogs in society is widely recognized by the public, but is not currently acknowledged in government social policy. The current evidence on the benefits of assistance dogs is limited by the type and scale of current research. This article highlights the need for independent funding for high quality research to enable social care and policy makers to make evidence-based decisions on the value of assistance dogs to people with disabilities.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: assistance dogs, social, impact
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Veterinary Medicine and Science
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2015.07.001
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2016 11:21
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2016 05:19
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/38879

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