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Presentation of Sant Joan de Déu (Barcelona) Hospital’s Unit for Animal Assisted Interventions
Barcelona’s Sant Joan de Déu Hospital is a not-for-profit private medical center that works in concert with the public health care system and is associated with the University of Barcelona.
It is a state-of-the-profession facility in pediatrics and Ob-Gyn, and enjoys a high international ranking with regard to admissions, capacity and discharges (22,000 annually).
Our mission and institutional values are reflected in our long-term strategic plan called Paidhos, an acronym alluding to the Greek word Paidós (child) while defining and synthesizing our most basic precepts: Professionalism, Accessibility, Innovation, Instruction (Docencia, in Catalán), Hospitality, Organization, Solidarity and Sustainability.
Our concept of care is based on the individual patient. We put it into practice by way of our program Hospital Amic (Hospital Friend), which was created to enshrine the fundamental principles of the European charter of the Rights of Hospitalized Children and the principle of Hospitality of the San Juan de Dios religious order.
With that in mind, San Joan de Deú Hospital strives to embody Innovation and the use of therapeutic instruments that help us provide the best care possible for our patients, adapting to their ways of communicating and interpreting reality.
In this context we include our Animal Assisted Interventions, which we have been using for more than two years with very satisfying results. Judging from the empirical evidence provided by our own center and others using similar programs, we have clearly demonstrated the effectiveness of these interventions with our patients.
The process begins with health professionals observing the needs of a patient and the obstacles to be overcome in his treatment or care. It is they who decide that Animal Assisted Intervention can be a useful tool. Then an expert (a health-care professional) and a technician determine which sort of intervention is called for in light of the therapeutic objectives. At the conclusion of each intervention, they make a joint evaluation of how it was implemented and what results were achieved. In so doing we contribute to the constant improvement of the interventions and the steady raising of standards in the various programs.
That is how a program originally designed for a particular type of patient – children and adolescents with mental health problems – has grown and broadened its scope to the point of becoming a unit unto itself that provides services to all the medical departments and specializations that can benefit from them. The goal is to provide help and stimulus to children and young people working hard to overcome their problems and to adapt to the circumstances and challenges posed by their condition. In order to do that, we health-care professionals join forces with the wonderful creatures that are the dogs, along with the technicians who work with them, to improve strategies in all general areas and optimize personalized care in each particular case, with clear positive results.
Francisco Javier Lozano Olea
Coordinator of the Animal Assisted Interventions Unit