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SMILE pilot study

A/Prof Lee-Fay Low
Research Centre DCRC Assessment and Better Care
Partner Institution Centre-based
Project Description

The Sydney Multisite Intervention of LaughterBosses and ElderClowns (SMILE) pilot study aims to assess the feasibility of conducting a humour therapy intervention in aged care facilities.

Twenty residents from two residential aged care units will be assessed before and after six weeks of humour therapy. The intervention will comprise weekly ElderClowns visits and training for staff volunteers to be LaughterBosses who bring humour to daily care routines.

Key outcomes are resident quality-of-life, mood and behaviour. If proof of concept is demonstrated, then data from the pilot will assist in obtaining funding for a large randomised study.

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