Using humour to enhance the nurse-patient relationship
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Using humour to enhance the nurse-patient relationship

Penny Tremayne Senior lecturer, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, De Montfort University, Leicester

The appropriate use of humour is a valuable asset in nursing practice. Used daily in interactions with patients, humour can help to develop the therapeutic relationship and build resilience. This article discusses how humour can promote physiological and psychological wellbeing, while reducing stress and anxiety. Recommendations for including humour in patient care are outlined.

Nursing Standard. 28, 30, 37-40. doi: 10.7748/ns2014.



Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Correspondence to:

Received: 08 October 2013

Accepted: 28 November 2013

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