Laughter and humor therapy in dialysis

Bennett, Paul, Parsons, Trisha, Ben-Moshe, Ros, Weinberg, Melissa, Neal, Merv, Gilbert, Karen, Rawson, Helen, Ockerby, Cherene, Finlay, Paul and Hutchinson, Alison 2014, Laughter and humor therapy in dialysis, Seminars in dialysis, vol. 27, no. 5, pp. 488-493, doi: 10.1111/sdi.12194.

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Title Laughter and humor therapy in dialysis
Author(s) Bennett, PaulORCID iD for Bennett, Paul
Parsons, Trisha
Ben-Moshe, Ros
Weinberg, MelissaORCID iD for Weinberg, Melissa
Neal, Merv
Gilbert, Karen
Rawson, HelenORCID iD for Rawson, Helen
Ockerby, Cherene
Finlay, Paul
Hutchinson, AlisonORCID iD for Hutchinson, Alison
Journal name Seminars in dialysis
Volume number 27
Issue number 5
Start page 488
End page 493
Total pages 6
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of publication Hoboken, N. J.
Publication date 2014-10
ISSN 0894-0959
Summary Laughter and humor therapy have been used in health care to achieve physiological and psychological health-related benefits. The application of these therapies to the dialysis context remains unclear. This paper reviews the evidence related to laughter and humor therapy as a medical therapy relevant to the dialysis patient population. Studies from other groups such as children, the elderly, and persons with mental health, cancer, and other chronic conditions are included to inform potential applications of laughter therapy to the dialysis population. Therapeutic interventions could range from humorous videos, stories, laughter clowns through to raucous simulated laughter and Laughter Yoga. The effect of laughter and humor on depression, anxiety, pain, immunity, fatigue, sleep quality, respiratory function and blood glucose may have applications to the dialysis context and require further research.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/sdi.12194
Field of Research 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2014, Wiley-Blackwell
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