Companion Animals for Chronic Pain Management Among Community-Dwelling Adults Aged 70+: A Qualitative Exploration


This small qualitative study consisted of focus groups with pet owners aged 70 and over (n=25) with pain due to osteoarthritis or other musculoskeletal conditions that limits participation in everyday activities. We collected in-depth data on how pets are perceived to impact participants’ daily lives, their health, and health behaviors, including chronic pain and its management. Findings informed the development of a cognitive-behavioral model of human-animal interaction for chronic pain management.

Status: Completed
Funding: Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research
Faculty Engagement: Jenna Goesling, PhD Faculty Engagement: John D. Piette, Ph.D.
Category: Research