I stumbled upon the article ‘Laughter: gender-specific variations’ in Revista Clínica Española (‘Spanish Clinical Journal’) and I can’t help thinking about the need for taking this into account to improve doctor-patient relationships. The text can actually be read as a guide to understand how every person laughs and how to use it in clinical practice.
Table 1. Laughter effect on health
|Excercise and relaxe muscles||Reduce stress and depression/anxiety symptoms|
|Improve respiration||Boost state of mind, self-esteem, hope, energy|
|Lower stress hormone levels||Improve memory, creative thinking and problem-solving skills|
|Stimulate blood circulation||Improve social interaction|
|Boost immune system||Increase cooperation, solidarity and teamwork|
|Elevate pain threshold and endurance||Promote psychological well-being|
|Improve neurological function||Improve doctor-patient relationship and quality of life|
|Increase contagious laughter|
Just take a look a the abstract: “Contrary to other high-cost therapies, laughter can be easily implemented and prove cost-effective in daily clinical practice”.
So why is pulling a long face still such a popular attitude in our medical staff?
* This post was originally published in Spanish at Salud con costs *
*This blog post was originally published at Diario Medico*