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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, Volume 16, Issue 16 (August-2 2019)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Chronic joint pain is associated with an increase in the consumption of medication and a decrease [...] Read more. Chronic joint pain is associated with an increase in the consumption of medication and a decrease in life quality in elderly people, which requires developing non-pharmacological treatments. We conducted a randomized controlled trial to evaluate the effectivity of a group intervention, based on animal-assisted therapy and applied to elderly people with chronic joint pain and polymedication, regarding the decrease of chronic pain, use of analgesics, and improvement of life quality. The main conclusion of our study was that animal-assisted therapy leads to an additional reduction in the perception of pain and pain-induced insomnia in individuals with higher baseline severity. The presence of a therapy dog improves the attachment to intervention and the satisfaction of the participants. View this paper