Laughter Therapy Effects on Mood, Stress and Self-efficacy in People With Neurological Diseases.

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Brief Title

Laughter Therapy Effects on Mood, Stress and Self-efficacy in People With Neurological Diseases.

Official Title

A Single-Arm Prospective Investigation of the Effects of Laughter Therapy on Mood, Stress, and Self-Efficacy in People With Central Nervous System Disorders.

Brief Summary

      This is a prospective investigation of the effects of Laughter therapy (LT) on perceived
      stress, self-efficacy, mood and other wellness measures in people with the following
      neurological conditions: Alzheimer's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, brain injury,
      Huntington's Disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, post-stroke, spinal cord
      injury.
    

Detailed Description

      Laughter therapy (LT) has potential benefits in treating illness. It combines laughter with
      breathing and body exercises to stimulate laughter, both real and artificial, in a group
      setting. Laughter therapy may help treating illness by strengthening breathing muscles,
      improving mood, and providing pain and stress relief. EvergreenHealth has presented laughter
      therapy classes to patients with Parkinson's disease and Multiple sclerosis and other
      neurological conditions. The therapy will be led by a certified laughter therapist and mental
      health professional.
    


Study Type

Interventional


Primary Outcome

Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9, for depression)

Secondary Outcome

 The General Self-Efficacy Scale (GSE)

Condition

Alzheimer's Disease

Intervention

Laughter Therapy

Study Arms / Comparison Groups

 Laughter therapy
Description:  effects of Laughter therapy (LT) on mood, self-efficacy and other wellness measures in people with neurological conditions.

Publications

* Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by National Clinical Trials Identifier (NCT ID) in Medline.

Recruitment Information


Recruitment Status

Other

Estimated Enrollment

24

Start Date

July 2016

Completion Date

August 2018

Primary Completion Date

August 2018

Eligibility Criteria

        Inclusion Criteria:

          -  Diagnosis based on medical record review of one of the following neurological
             diseases: Alzheimer's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, brain injury,
             Huntington's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Post-Stroke, Spinal
             Cord Injury.

          -  Medically stable for at least 2 months.

          -  Not participating in Laughter therapy for 30 days prior to screening.

        Exclusion Criteria:

          -  Females who are pregnant

          -  Any unstable medical condition

          -  Severe cognitive deficits that would interfere with participation (e.g. unable to
             follow commands).

          -  Severe abdominal pain, chest pain or back pain.

          -  Abdominal, chest or back surgery within 90 days.

          -  Psychosis or severe mental illness.

          -  Untreated hernia.

          -  Persistent cough.

          -  Advanced hemorrhoids.

          -  Epilepsy.

          -  Uncontrolled Hypertension - SBP >170 or DBP >105.
      

Gender

All

Ages

18 Years - N/A

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

No

Contacts

Theodore R Brown, MD, MPH, , 

Location Countries

United States

Location Countries

United States

Administrative Informations


NCT ID

NCT02750982

Organization ID

TRBROWN201601


Responsible Party

Principal Investigator

Study Sponsor

Brown, Theodore R., M.D., MPH


Study Sponsor

Theodore R Brown, MD, MPH, Principal Investigator, Evergreen Healthcare


Verification Date

September 2018