At the Glendale Hospital Rehabilitation Center, the nurses wanted to initiate a pilot study in which dog owners and their certified trained pet therapy dogs are allowed to visit patients in the rehabilitation unit. The pets provide companionship for the patients, and the pet owners also provide a source of conversation for the patients. The nurses wrote a proposal for the new program and presented it to the hospital board. Because the pet owners and their certified trained dogs volunteer in hos-pitals and rehabilitation units, there is no cost to the institution to initi-ate a volunteer pet therapy program. The only budget item was to utilize the services of a program evaluator, so the board members approved the pet therapy proposal after limited discussion. Immediately, the nurses hired Thad Davis to assist as an evaluator with this project. Thad, a senior at a nearby university, was a volunteer in the rehab center and was familiar with the patients’ needs. The nurses placed an advertisement in the local newspaper to recruit local dog owners and their certified trained dogs to participate in the new pet therapy program. The advertisement listed specific guidelines: dog owners and certified and trained dogs with documentation of cur-rent vaccinations. After 18 families volunteered, the dogs were “inter-viewed” and 12 certified trained dogs were selected. The dogs were cat-egorized by size: small (≤ 15 pounds), medium (16–50 pounds), and large (51+ pounds). Thad created a patient survey to determine which patients were inter-ested in participating in pet therapy. In the current group of patients, he found that 28 of the 40 patients were interested. As new patients were admitted, they were invited to participate if desired. Figure 11-27 shows the patient survey data after the first month of the pilot pet ther-apy program. CodebookGender: 1 = female; 2 = maleDog at home: 0 = no; 1 = yesSatisfaction with pet therapy: 1 = poor, 2 = fair, 3 = good, 4 = very good, 5 = excellentDog size: 1 = small, 2 = medium, 3 = largeThad wanted to make sure he had enough knowledge and skills to determine if the program was successful, so he met with his faculty advi-sor at the university. After meeting with his professor, Thad was thrilled to learn that his basic statistics skills were sufficient to analyze the data. continuescontinuedCase Study Discussion QuestionsHere are the research questions that Thad answered:1. What are the mean scores for age, days in rehab unit, number of pet visits, satisfaction with pet therapy, and dog size?2. Is there a statistically significant difference between having a dog at home and the age of patients in the rehab unit?continues
CodebookStaff job: 1 = nursing/patient care, 2 = therapistStaff satisfaction of pet therapy: 1 = low, 2 = medium, 3 = highUnit disruption: 1 = low, 2 = medium, 3 = highPerceived patient satisfaction: 1 = poor, 2 = fair, 3 = good, 4 = very good, 5 = excellentContinue pet therapy: 0 = no, 1 = yesHere are the research questions that Thad answered related to the staff survey:1. Is there a statistically significant difference between staff position and staff satisfaction?2. What percentage of the staff wish the pet therapy program to continue?AnswersGeneral Research Questions1. Mean scores for age (75.57), days in rehab unit (15.54), number of pet visits (2.32), satisfaction with pet therapy (4.43), and dog size (2.11).2. There is no statistically significant difference between having a dog at home and age of patients.3. There is no statistically significant difference between having a dog at home and satisfaction with the pet therapy.4. There is no statistically significant correlation between number of pet visits and satisfaction with pet therapy. There is no statis-tically significant correlation between dog size and satisfaction with pet therapy.Staff Survey Research Questions1. There is no statistically significant difference between staff posi-tion and staff satisfaction. 2. Of the responding staff, 76.9% wish the pet therapy program to continue.
Read the case study on pages 325-327 in your textbook. Discuss the case amongst your fellow classmates and work out the statistical analysis for this case study. Statistical analysis can be challenging for some therefore work as a team to answer the questions.