1. Multi-Year Rx Laughter Research Project: (Years 2000-2002)
Seed funding for this Rx Laughter study was graciously donated by Comedy Central, a Division of Viacom Inc.
This Research collaboration focused on the use of individualized humorous viewing for pediatric patients (ages 7-18). It has led to some intriguing, early discoveries which suggested that a child or teen who was undergoing a painful medical procedure could deal with the pain of that medical procedure significantly better while laughing at the comedy shows during their private, individual procedure. The procedure went by faster for them, they were less afraid and less stressed.
Physiological measurements (cortisol, salivary, heart rate) of each participant were taken before, during & after watching the videos for accurate assessments. Each participant watched the video privately, much as they would do in their outpatient treatments for chemotherapy or other outpatient procedures.
The Medical Team of this Rx Laughter study was headed by Margaret Stuber MD of the UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center & Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute & Hospital. The Co Principal Investigator of this study was Lonnie Zeltzer MD, Founder and Director of the UCLA Pediatric Pain Program at the Department of Pediatrics at the Mattel Children's Hospital @UCLA. Dr. Zeltzer is a renowned expert in the field of pain management for seriously ill pediatric patients & pain management for Adult survivors of childhood cancer.
The Founder of Rx Laughter, Sherry Dunay Hilber developed the humor intervention (choosing, screening & showing the videos to the participants on-site) while closely collaborating with the Medical Team in the design, development & oversight of this
For details of this multi year Research collaboration, please see the February 2002 American Medical Association worldwide briefing Presented by Margaret Stuber MD regarding the details of this study and the innovative & practical ways that Rx Laughter can integrate these findings into medical uses for patients everywhere
2. Putting Our Findings into Practical Use for Patients:
We continue our long association with the David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine as we develop & implement our Therapeutic Entertainment programs based upon our multi year Research collaboration.
For more information about our collaborations with medical teams to implement therapeutic entertainment viewing into health care settings in personalized ways for patients of all ages, please see our "Therapeutic Entertainment" page on this site.
3. Future Rx Laughter Research:
4. The "Tipping Point" for Positive Psychology Research:
We like to think that Rx Laughter has helped to increase the growing interest in & the credibility of what has traditionally been a very slow-growing area of research the connection between humor & health and how to actually implement it into the medical process for patients who are undergoing serious treatments.
Regardless of the extent of our role in this growing field of interest by medical & academic institutes, there is definitely a "tipping point" in this field and we are deeply proud to be a part of it and to be associated with such renowned institutes as the David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine and others.
For a compilation of all significant publishings on the role of humor & health, you can order a copy of our comprehensive Summary Report for a fee. Please feel free to contact us at our email address which is RxLproject@aol.com with your request.
5. Our Promise to Patients: