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The Power of Clowning Around

[Source:  Medical News Today]
Medical clowns can reduce anxiety and length of hospital stay for children undergoing urologic surgery, according to a new study featured at the 110th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA).
Medical research has found humor can have a positive effect on patients and implementation of medical clowns, particularly in pediatric settings, has become an integral and therapeutic component of care in many hospitals throughout the world. Dozens of hospital clown guilds have formed in the U.S., Canada and Europe over the last few decades, drawing inspiration from a 1998 movie hit starring Robin Williams as real-life hospital clown Dr. Hunter “Patch” Adams, as well as from New York’s Big Apple Circus, which pioneered the first professional hospital clowning program.
Appreciating this, researchers from Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, Israel, sought to evaluate the influence medical clowns have on reducing preoperative anxiety, postoperative pain and medical costs for children ages 2-16 undergoing outpatient urologic surgery.
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