Investigating the psychological outcomes from endovascular thrombectomy versus intravenous thrombolysis for stroke and from animal-assisted therapy for hospitalised children

  • Keziah May

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctorate in Clinical Psychology


This thesis comprises a systematic literature review investigating the effect of animal-assisted therapy for anxiety and pain in hospitalised children and a research paper comparing the effects of endovascular thrombectomy versus intravenous thrombolysis for acute ischemic stroke. Findings from the systematic review suggest that animal-assisted therapy significantly reduced the hospitalised children’s self-report anxiety although increased their heart-rate compared to controls. The original research paper found that those in the thrombectomy group were performed significantly better in terms of delayed memory compared to the thrombolysis group with a large effect size.
Date of AwardDec 2020
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Queen's University Belfast
SponsorsBelfast Health and Social Care Trust
SupervisorDonncha Hanna (Supervisor) & David Curran (Supervisor)


  • neuropsychology
  • paediatrics
  • stroke
  • therapy

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