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April 3, 1996


JAMA. 1996;275(13):988. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530370026025

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—In the Medical News & Perspectives article entitled "Puppy Love Can Be Therapeutic, Too," published in the December 27, 1995, issue of The Journal (1995;274:1897-1899), information should be clarified. On page 1898 under the subheading "More Rigorous Testing," the fifth and sixth paragraphs should read: "Parker said it is 'very difficult to pull out what benefit patients may get from one interaction with a dog, given everything that may be going on during that hospitalization. We arbitrarily selected one aspect of a patient's state using the state-trait anxiety scale.' She noted that the animal-assisted program is not a randomized controlled scientific study and there are no plans to report data from it. (Unlike what was previously stated, all studies involving human subjects require institutional review board approval.) Parker said she hopes a clinical trial may be undertaken at some point in the future to determine what, if any, benefits result