Humour as a Nursing Intervention
Therapeutic humour is defined to be any intervention that promotes health and wellness by stimulating a playful discovery, expression or appreciation of the absurdity or incongruity of life’s situations. This intervention may enhance health or be used as a complementary treatment of illness to facilitate healing or coping, whether physical, emotional, cognitive, social or spiritual.
Humour can be used in all kinds of situations, to relativize, make tense situations less tense or it can be used to make life more pleasant. If a nurse uses humour as an intervention in complmentary care, certain patients may complain less. This paper will look at Humour as a nursing intervention. A review of the literature was done and after the review a questionnaire was undertaken.
Published in Australasian Journal of Neuroscience , Volume 24, Number 1, May 2014, Pages 7 – 16.
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