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This capstone project consisted of a pilot phenomenological qualitative research study with the goal of assessing diabetic alert dogs' impact on their owners' occupations and quality of life from the owner's perspective. Individuals with type 1 diabetes that personally own a diabetic alert dog were interviewed virtually using a semi-structured approach. The goal of the interview questions was to gather information regarding health management, daily occupations, and quality of life. Gaps in the research were identified, and it was found that few research studies focused on the impact or benefits of a diabetic alert dog from the owner’s perspective. Therefore, this research study was pursued to fill the gap in the literature regarding the impact diabetic alert dogs have on their owners’ occupations and quality of life from the owner’s perspective and explore diabetic alert dogs as an intervention option that occupational therapist can educate their patients with diabetes about to help them manage their condition, be independent, and improve their quality of life.

Publication Date

Summer 8-10-2022


University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences


occupational therapy, diabetic alert dogs, type 1 diabetes, occupations, quality of life

Medical Subject Headings

Qualitative Research, Animal Assisted Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Diabetes Mellitus--Type I, Quality of Life


Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism | Occupational Therapy


Poster presented at the Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium, held online at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences August 5-11, 2022.

Perceptions of Using Diabetic Alert Dogs to Promote Occupations and Quality of Life

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