The effect of service dogs on the improvement of health-related quality of life

Mai Shintani, Masuo Senda, Tomoko Takayanagi, Yoshimi Katayama, Kazunari Furusawa, Tamami Okutani, Masaki Kataokani, Toshifumi Ozaki

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To assess the effects of service dogs on health-related quality of life (HRQOL), we conducted a survey of 10 service dog owners using SF-36v2 (Medical Outcomes Study 36 Item Short-Form Health Survey Version 2.0) and compared it with a matched control group of people with physical disabilities who did not have service dogs but were eligible for one. The scores for mental health and role emotional of service dog owners were relatively high, and their mental component summary was higher than the general population norm. These results indicate that service dogs affect the mentality of their owners. The comparison with the control group indicated that service dogs alleviate the mental burden of daily activities, and subjectively improved the physical functioning of their owners. This study showed that service dogs have positive functional and mental effects on their disabled owners.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-113
Number of pages5
JournalActa medica Okayama
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010


  • People with physical disability
  • SF-36v2
  • Service dog

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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