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Laughter Frequency and Fibromyalgia Symptoms (LAF)

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Verified November 2016 by Deidre Molchan, Walden University
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Deidre Molchan, Walden University Identifier:
First received: November 2, 2016
Last updated: November 3, 2016
Last verified: November 2016
The purpose of this study is to investigate whether daily laughter frequency is associated with pain intensity and emotional state ratings in individuals who have fibromyalgia syndrome.

Condition Intervention
Fibromyalgia Behavioral: Laughter Frequency

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: The Relationships Between Laughter Frequency, Pain Perception, and Affect in Fibromyalgia Patients

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Further study details as provided by Deidre Molchan, Walden University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Laughter Frequency [ Time Frame: 14 days ]
    Documenting each instance of laughter throughout each day.

  • Pain Ratings [ Time Frame: Three times per day for 14 days ]
    Rating overall pain from 0 to 10, three times daily

  • Emotional State [ Time Frame: Three times per day for 14 days ]
    Rating momentary emotional state three times per day

Estimated Enrollment: 62
Study Start Date: November 2016
Estimated Study Completion Date: August 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date: August 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Behavioral: Laughter Frequency
    Relationships between laughter frequency, momentary mood state, and pain will be observed.
Detailed Description:

Participants will be asked to provide (or authorize the researcher to obtain) fibromyalgia diagnosis confirmation from a health care provider.

Initially, participants will complete a demographics form and two screening assessments. Then for 14 days, they will be asked to rate their momentary mood and overall pain levels three times per day (shortly after waking up, around 3:00 p.m., and at about an hour before bedtime). At the same time, they will be asked to log each instance of laughter as it occurs, daily, for 14 days. They will carry the log with them throughout each day in order to document each instance of laughter.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Individuals who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia syndrome.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Individuals who have fibromyalgia syndrome

Exclusion Criteria:

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT02957110

Contact: Deidre G Molchan, M.A. 703-967-0609

United States, Minnesota
Walden University Recruiting
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, 55401
Contact: Deidre G Molchan, M.A.    703-967-0609   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Walden University
Study Chair: Ellen Levine, PhD Walden University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Deidre Molchan, Doctoral Student, Walden University Identifier: NCT02957110     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 08-05-16-0146047
Study First Received: November 2, 2016
Last Updated: November 3, 2016
Individual Participant Data  
Plan to Share IPD: No

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Myofascial Pain Syndromes
Muscular Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Rheumatic Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases
Nervous System Diseases processed this record on June 27, 2017