Many scientists and therapists agree that laughter is the key to better health, and through laughter, patients in hospitals are able to forget about their pains and diseases and head for a speedier recovery. Aside from the health benefits, patients in hospitals are able to forget about their pains and diseases and this allows them to build more confidence and self-esteem. Furthermore, the laughter gives hope and a feel of control. This has been especially effective for chronically ill patients. Some hospitals have even incorporated 'clown doctors' in children wards, realising the benefits of a good laugh for a sick child.
When the clown doctors do their rounds, young hospital patients have the chance to return to their child’s world of play and fantasy rather than the adult world of technology, procedures and seriousness.
Clown doctors spread fun in wards and along corridors. Wearing white medical coats with colourful appliqués, and large pockets spilling over with props, the Clown Doctors perform red-nose transplants, funny-bone checks and 'cat' scans. Through parodying medical procedures, children feel less fear, experience less trauma, and attention can also be diverted during medical procedures. International research has also shown that humour has both physiological and psychological benefits. The emphasis is on interaction rather than entertainment. The whole hospital benefits - patients, families and staff.