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Tampa, Florida 33612


The purpose of this study is to evaluate use of service dogs for individuals who have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Objectives include: (1) assess the impact service dogs have on the mental health and quality of life of Veterans; (2) to provide recommendations to the VA to serve as guidance in providing service dogs to Veterans; and (3) To determine cost associated with total health care utilization and mental health care utilization among Veterans with PTSD.


Inclusion Criteria: - Age greater than or equal to 18 years - Referral from provider. - PTSD diagnosis - In active treatment for PTSD for at least three months at time of enrollment, with plans to remain in active treatment - Acceptance by the dog vendor for the service dog - Ability to adequately care for a dog - physically/financially - Living in Florida - Able to travel to vendor for pairing with dog Exclusion Criteria: - Been hospitalized for mental health reasons in the prior 6 months - Not living at the same residence for 6 months. - Diagnoses: Psychoses, Delusions, dementia, active alcohol/substance dependence. Moderate to severe TBI. Any other diagnosis deemed by PI to limit ability to participate or give informed consent - At time of enrollment - Active suicidal ideation, homicide, cognitive disabilities that would preclude safety of animal and ability needed for participation in the study. - Children under age 10 living in the home



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Stephanie McGovern, RN
James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital, Tampa, FL

Backup Contact:


Location Contact:

Tampa, Florida 33612
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: August 31, 2019

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