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Sydney Multisite Intervention of LaughterBosses and ElderClowns (SMILE): An RCT of humour therapy in residential care [ 2009 - 2012 ]

Also known as: A study of humour therapy in residential care

Research Grant

[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/nhmrc/568787]

Researchers: Prof Henry Brodaty (Principal investigator) ,  A/Pr Lee-Fay Low Dr Peter Spitzer Prof Lynnette Chenoweth Prof Richard Fleming

Brief description Sydney Multisite Intervention of LaughterBosses and ElderClowns (SMILE) is a trial of humour therapy. About 400 residents from 36 hostels and nursing homes will be randomly assigned to receive the SMILE treatment or usual care. ElderClowns will visit weekly, and staff volunteers will be trained to be LaughterBosses and bring humour to daily care routines. SMILE will evaluate whether humour therapy improves resident quality-of-life and mood, and reduces staff burnout and turnover.

Funding Amount $AUD 852,237.62

Funding Scheme NHMRC Project Grants

Notes Standard Project Grant

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