PTSD Service Dog Study Suspended by Tampa VA

Image courtesy of the VA Research on PTSD.

Citing problems with the vendor who provided the service dogs, Tampa’s James A. Haley Veterans Hospital  has suspended – for a second time – a study looking  if service dogs help lessen PTSD symptoms in veterans according to The Atlantic.

The latest setback left about 100 veterans on the study’s waiting list without any hope that they’d receive a dog in the near future. It also raised the thorny question of how to conduct research in a field that is new, but where the need is urgent.

This was the VA’s first study of PTSD service dogs that are traditionally used for veterans who are blind or have other disabilities. Reportedly, the study that is looking for scientific datawill resume in 10 months after it’s been redesigned and opened up nationally to dog trainers.

The revised study will focus on an improved training framework and guidelines for pairing dogs with patients. You can read the full Atlantic article HERE.

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