A Single-Arm Prospective Investigation of the Effects of Laughter Therapy on Mood, Stress, and Self-Efficacy in People With Central Nervous System Disorders.
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.
Disease:Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Study Type:Interventional Trial
Study Category:Laughter Therapy
Study Status:Not enrolling
Study Chair(s)/Principal Investigator(s):
Theodore R Brown, MD, MPH, Evergreen Healthcare
Clinicaltrials.gov ID (11 digit #):NCT02750982
Coordinating Center Contact InformationEvergreen Healthcare
Full Study Summary:
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.
Estimated Study Start Date:07/01/2016
Estimated Study Completion Date:12/31/2016
Posting Last Modified Date:12/14/2018
Date Study Added to alsconsortium.org:05/01/2016
Time since Symptom Onset:
Time since Diagnosis:
Can participants use Riluzole?
-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.
-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.
-Uncontrolled Hypertension - SBP >170 or DBP >105.
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