Humour sans frontieres : The feasibility of providing clown care at a distance

Armfield, Nigel R., Bradford, Natalie, White, Megan M., Spitzer, Peter and Smith, Anthony C. (2011) Humour sans frontieres : The feasibility of providing clown care at a distance. Telemedicine and e-Health, 17 4: 316-318. doi:10.1089/tmj.2010.0166

Author Armfield, Nigel R.
Bradford, Natalie
White, Megan M.
Spitzer, Peter
Smith, Anthony C.
Title Humour sans frontieres : The feasibility of providing clown care at a distance
Journal name Telemedicine and e-Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1530-5627
Publication date 2011-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1089/tmj.2010.0166
Volume 17
Issue 4
Start page 316
End page 318
Total pages 3
Place of publication New Rochelle, NY, United States
Publisher Mary Ann Liebert
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Clown care has been shown to have health-related benefits and is a well-established part of the routine in many children’s hospitals. However, children who have been admitted to general hospitals or who are being cared for at home cannot usually enjoy visits by Clown Doctors. Therefore, the aim of this work was to investigate whether an existing telemedicine network could be used to improve equity of access to humor for sick children, specifically those who are hospitalized away from the nearest clown-enabled hospital or who are being cared for at home. Using videoconferencing, we conducted regular clown outreach links from The Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, Australia, to children in regional hospitals and to sick children in their homes. Using a program of performance, which was modified for delivery by videoconference, teleclowning was found to be feasible. Further work is required to determine whether the health-related benefits that accrue from in-person clowning are successfully translated to the video-based modality.
Keyword Pediatric
Home care
Clown doctors
Clown care
Clown therapy
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes "Brief Communication"

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