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How does the use of humour in the UK ambulance service affect a clinician's well-being?

Lancaster, C. and Phillips, P., 2021. How does the use of humour in the UK ambulance service affect a clinician's well-being? British Paramedic Journal, 6 (2), 26 - 33.

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DOI: 10.29045/14784726.2021.


Introduction: Paramedics and ambulance staff face many different stresses in today's UK ambulance service, with many having reported an effect on their well-being and mental health. Humour is widely used by staff as a coping mechanism, but little is known about this topic. This literature review aims to find out how humour is used and how it can affect clinicians' well-being. Methods: A total of nine medical databases were searched for relevant literature - Cochrane, Scopus, CINAHL Complete, Science Direct, Medline Complete, Complementary Index, Academic Search Complete, Emerald Insight and Supplemental Index. Articles were included if they were published in 2005 or after, if they were a UK-based original study and if they studied humour in relation to paramedics' well-being. Results: After limiters were applied, a total of 26 articles were found. Only four articles met all the inclusion and exclusion criteria. Two of the articles studied humour directly, whereas two found humour as a result of studying the resilience and strategies used to cope with the stresses of ambulance work. Four key themes were identified: different types of humour, the source and boundaries of humour, offloading and camaraderie. Conclusion: This review of the literature found that many in the ambulance community view their use and expression of humour as a positive coping strategy that helps them to relieve the stresses of the job. Further research is needed to investigate any negative effects that humour has on a clinician's well-being and larger studies are needed to give a better representation of the ambulance community.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:coping ; humour ; paramedic ; resilience ; well-being
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:36065
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:29 Sep 2021 08:48
Last Modified:01 Sep 2022 01:08


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