Epidemiological Panel Studies of Older Adults: New Frontiers in the Research on Human– Animal Interaction

Roland J Thorpe, Jessica A. Kelley

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This paper discusses epidemiological studies of older adults and human–animal interaction (HAI), and potential relevance to future research on HAI and animal-assisted interventions (AAI) in aging populations. Key issues in epidemiological work are discussed, including target populations, treatment/exposures, follow up, and endpoint measures as they relate to interacting with or owning companion animals. In outlining the limits in our current state of knowledge, we also make recommendations for the design and analysis of epidemiological studies to advance research on HAI and aging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)209-220
Number of pages12
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 4 2019



  • exercise
  • health outcomes
  • human–animal interaction
  • panel studies
  • pet ownership

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Anthropology
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • veterinary (miscalleneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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