We all know that laughter can help to heal in some way, but as for it being a prescribed medicine, we are a long way from proving this in any credible form. Many of the stories that we have are a one-off and are interesting, but because they are one-off they are just that: stories.
Evidence Based Practice (EBP) is when a university, or research unit from a hospital, gets involved in a lengthy, expensive, and time-consuming research study, to prove what they believe to be true. Once they have done this, they try to get it published, usually by a medical journal. Once it has been published, then it is often seen to be credible and can be taken seriously.
Practice Based Evidence (PBE) on the other hand, is where a lot of evidence is gathered to show that practically, something may have value, even though it is not yet proven. One of the many benefits of PBE is that someone may see it, and use it as the basis to carry out an EBP.
This is the first PBE Survey ever done. The purpose is to assess the impact of laughter in being able to reduce the use of medication for someone experiencing depression or anxiety.
We aim to:
- Provide practice-based evidence to show the benefits of laughter for people with mental illness.
- Show the value of laughter as a complementary medicine to health professionals.
- Encourage research organizations to conduct a study based on our findings.