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Funded Project Details - FY2021

Project Number:

Title: Feasibility and Acceptability of The Equus Effect: A Small Randomized Controlled Pilot Study of an Equine-facilitated Therapy
Principal Investigator:

Steve Martino

Location: West Haven, CT
Congressional District Code: 3
Research Service: Rehabilitation R&D
Project Period: December 2019 - September 2023
FY 2021 Funding Amount: $1,850
Total Award Amount
(all years):
Abstract: View full abstract and other project information on NIH RePORTER


The VA Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation's Whole Health initiative promotes the use of complementary and integrative health (CIH) approaches with traditional medical care to help Veterans achieve meaningful life goals and improved functioning. Equine-facilitated therapy (EFT), an animal-assisted form of CIH, is increasingly available to Veterans within the VA. Horses have extreme sensitivity to the emotional states, behaviors, and intentions of their herds and othe...

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