Does Laughter Programs in Clinical Waiting Rooms AlterPressure Pain Threshold?
Nishat Khan, Vrunda Pawar, Subhash Khatri
Laughter is an integral part of human life. Recorded history documents that the Greek hospitals were built near the theatre; so that the patients could hear the audience laugh and thus recover faster. Television is known to be a cheap source of entertainment that is often found in the reception room in clinics. However, there is consciousness and scientific evidence pertaining to the kind of programs that are often seen or showed to patients and their attendants in waiting rooms. Objective: The primary objective of this study was to investigate the effects of laughter programs on pain perception in healthy individuals. Methods: Twenty three normal healthy II year BPT students voluntarily participated in this study. Their pressure pain threshold was taken prior to the participation and they were shown laughter episode for 25 minutes. After the episode got over their post intervention pressure threshold scores were noted at the same site. Results: In this study, we found the average pressure pain threshold of the participants prior to watching the laughter episode was 16.83 Â± 3.88 and after watching the laughter episode for 25 minutes it was 21.59 Â± 7.00. This increase in pressure pain threshold was statistically significant. Conclusion: Laughter programs reduce the perception of pain in normal healthy individuals and hence they can be used for entertaining the patients in waiting rooms.
Laughter, pressure pain threshold, television, waiting room