Would Your Doctor Prescribe a Pet to Improve Your Health?
Last spring we wrote about HABRI, the organization dedicated to studying the health benefits of the human-animal bond. “The Human Animal Bond Research Initiative funds research on the evidence-based health benefits on human-animal interaction” says HABRI Executive Director Steven Feldman.
HABRI recently announced the results of it’s initiative examining the family physician’s view on the benefits to their patients health as a result of owning pets.
The study found that 97% of Doctors believe there are health benefits to owning a pet and 75% said their patients’ health improved after getting a pet. Those are pretty significant figures, clearly demonstrating the family physicians positive views on pet ownership.
A few other points from the survey:
- Most doctors have successfully worked with animals in medicine.
- Doctors overwhelmingly believe there are health benefits to owning pets.
- The majority of doctors have recommended a pet to a patient.
- Most doctors have seen their patients’ health improve as a result of pet ownership.
- Doctors are willing to prescribe pets.
HABRI partnered with Cohen Research Group to conduct the survey of 1,000 family doctors and general practitioners. The 28-question survey was conducted in August 2014 (margin of error of +/- 3.1%). The physicians in the survey had a median of 18 years of practice experience.
I think many of us know from our own interactions with our pets of the overwhelming benefits they bring to our health and well-being, but it’s nice to see your family doctor agrees!
Read the full Press Release here:
Newstipedia: New HABRI Survey of Doctors Confirms What Research is Showing About a Health Benefits of Pets