《Chinese Journal of Rehabilitation Theory and Practice》 ›› 2022, Vol. 28 ›› Issue (11): 1325-1333.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1006-9771.2022.11.012

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Advance in animal-assisted intervention: a visualized analysis

YANG Pengyu1,WANG Jialin1(),LIU Yue1,TANG Ping2,SU Sihui1   

  1. 1. School of Nursing, Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chengdu, Sichuan 610075, China
    2. Nursing Department, Anyue People's Hospital, Ziyang, Sichuan 642350, China
  • Received:2022-08-02 Revised:2022-09-21 Published:2022-11-25 Online:2022-12-20
  • Contact: WANG Jialin E-mail:wangjialin@cdutcm.edu.cn
  • Supported by:
    Primary Health Development Research Center of Sichuan Program of North Sichuan Medical College(SWFZ22-Z-09);Sichuan Applied Psychology Research Center of Chengdu Medical College(CSXL-192A08)


Objective To analyze the hotspots and development of researches on animal-assisted intervention in the past ten years.

Methods The researches on animal-assisted intervention from 2011 to 2021 were retrieved from the Web of Science core database, and analyzed the countries/regions, institutions, authors, cited journals, cited literature and keywords using CiteSpace.

Results A total of 607 researches were included. The researches increased with years, while United States (230), Italy (65) and the United Kingdom (45) were the top three in the number of publications; Purdue University published the most researches (20); and Santaniello A, etc. were the high-producing authors. The key nodes of literature were mainly systematic reviews and randomized controlled trials. Animal-assisted therapy and dogs were high-frequency keywords, with 20 keywords of high centrality and 16 keywords of strongest bursting. Hotspots focused on Alzheimer's disease, depression, children, autism. Disorder and occupational therapy might be the new topics in the future.

Conclusion The animal-assisted intervention has been mainly used as a healthcare in psychology, and may be an approach of occupational therapy.

Key words: animal-assisted intervention, visualization, knowledge map

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