HUMOR AS A COMPLEMENTARY THERAPY: AN INSIGHT INTO HUMOR AND LAUGHTER BEING USED AS TREATMENT IN MEDCINE
AuthorDOBBINS, DAVINA NICOLE
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
AbstractContext – Humor as a Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) has been shown to reduce stress and while the benefits of laughter are not entirely understood, positive physiological outcomes have been found (MacDonald, 2008). Objectives – The PI synthesized information for a literature review and conducted survey and interview-based research in order to gain a better understanding about the potential impacts of Humor as a CAM. Design – Surveys were administered at ProActive Physical Therapy clinics and interviews were conducted. Results - The healthcare professional interviewees had heard of CAM and generally agreed that it needs more research. All spoke highly of laughter in different aspects of their field; interacting with patients, students, subjects, and/or coworkers. About half of the participants were familiar with CAM and utilize it, or would be willing to try it. Despite the wide range of ages and reasons for seeking PT treatment, all subjects enjoyed laughing and deemed it conducive to their healing process. Different humor types were preferred. There were no statistically significant conclusions but overall the results support the idea that humor is helpful in healing. Conclusion - Humor as a CAM could be useful in patient healthcare and mindset when recovering from injury or illness.