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Reducing stress and empowering patients and staff in what is being termed a ‘medical revolution with a happy face’.
Every dollar we raise buys one minute of medical clown’s time at Hadassah. Each minute frees up about three and a half minutes of medical resources for its young patients.
Research shows that medically-trained clowns reduce the stress levels in children, making it easier for medical staff to provide their services, which results in a shorter hospital stay for the children.
No hospital in Israel has the resources to fund Medical Clowns out of its operating budget. It might seem ironic given that the clowns make a demonstrable difference to a hospital’s bottom line, but this is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future. So hospitals rely on donations. If these dry up, the program will be curtailed and, in the worst possible scenario, will be forced to close.
The coronavirus pandemic has put many things on hold, but medical clowning is not one of them. Now more than ever, medical clowns like Dush are helping patients feel connected at a time when feelings of isolation and loneliness are pervasive.
Hadassah Hospital introduced Medical Clowns, also known as dream doctors, to Israel. They are empowering patients and staff in a ‘medical revolution with a happy face’.
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