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Laughter Frequency and Fibromyalgia Symptoms (LAF)

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT02957110
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 6, 2016
Last Update Posted : May 7, 2018
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Deidre Molchan, Walden University

Brief Summary:
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 or disease Intervention/treatment
Fibromyalgia Behavioral: Laughter Frequency

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.

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 41 participants
Observational Model: Other
Time Perspective: Other
Official Title: The Relationships Between Laughter Frequency, Pain Perception, and Affect in Fibromyalgia Patients
Study Start Date : November 2016
Actual Primary Completion Date : October 2017
Actual Study Completion Date : October 2017

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MedlinePlus related topics: Fibromyalgia

Intervention Details:
  • Behavioral: Laughter Frequency
    Relationships between laughter frequency, momentary mood state, and pain will be observed.

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

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

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

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
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:

  • None.

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02957110

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United States, Minnesota
Walden University
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, 55401
Sponsors and Collaborators
Walden University
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Study Chair: Ellen Levine, PhD Walden University
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Responsible Party: Deidre Molchan, Doctoral Student, Walden University Identifier: NCT02957110    
Other Study ID Numbers: 08-05-16-0146047
First Posted: November 6, 2016    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 7, 2018
Last Verified: May 2018
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Myofascial Pain Syndromes
Muscular Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Rheumatic Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases
Nervous System Diseases