Effects of Laughter Therapy on Anxiety, Stress, Depression and Quality of Life in Cancer PatientsMelike Demir*
Gümüshane University, School of Health, Gümüshane, Turkey
- *Corresponding Author:
- Melike Demir
Gumushane University School of Health Sciences
Baglarbasi Mahallesi 29100 / Gümüshane, Turkey
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: June 08, 2015; Accepted date: August 20, 2015; Published date: August 22, 2015
Citation: Demir M (2015) Effects of Laughter Therapy on Anxiety, Stress, Depression and Quality of Life in Cancer Patients. J Cancer Sci Ther 7:272-273.doi:10.4172/1948-5956.1000362
Copyright: © 2015 Demir M. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Introduction: The quality of life of cancer patients is affected by the cancer therapy’s symptoms. Anxiety, stress, and depression all affect cancer patients thus reducing the life style of the patient. The aim of this review was to determine the effects of laughter therapy on anxiety, stress, depression, and quality of life in cancer patients.
Methods: Articles were searched on PubMed and Google Scholar. This review includes randomized controlled trials and case reports from 2000-2015.
Results: 41 studies were found on PubMed and 14,700 studies were found on Google Scholar search. Only two articles met the established review criteria in PubMed and four articles met the established review criteria in Google Scholar. In total, six articles were included in the study.
Conclusion: The results of this study show that laughter therapy may decrease anxiety, stress, and depression and increase the quality of life in cancer patients.