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Call for Chapters: Cases on Applied and Therapeutic Humor

Categories: Science
Event Date: 2019-08-01 Abstract Due: 2019-08-01

Are you in a medical or healthcare field? Do you have experience using humor or seeing humor used in your practice? If so, please consider sharing your story as a case to be included in an upcoming case studies book. 

This edited text will collect examples of the use of humor in medical care settings from medical care professionals. These cases will be reviewed for content and then sent out to humor researchers for an evaluation and response. Recent evidence indicates that humor is an important aspect of a person's health and studies have shown that increased levels of humor help with stress, pain tolerance, and overall patient health outcomes. This text will allow readers to understand some of the issues, for good and ill, that arise in the use of humor in a patient care setting. Many health care providers are hesitant to use humor in their practice for fear of offense or failure. Understanding more how and why humor works as well as some of the issues related to real world examples will help practitioners be more facile in their use and understanding of humor in medical care. 

This new anthology on humor and medical practice being published by IGI Global and edited by Dr. Stephanie Kelly, Associate Professor of Business Communication and Dr. Michael K. Cundall, Jr., Associate Professor of Philosophy at North Carolina A&T State University, will consist of two types of articles. The first type is a case study article wherein medical/healthcare professionals describe a case of humor being used in a healthcare setting of which they were a part. They will also provide their personal assessment of the effectiveness of the humor (e.g., whether he humor was used well or poorly) in the case described. These case submissions should range from 2500-3500 words. 

The second article is a response to the case studies by expert humor scholars. The firsthand accounts provided will be the basis for humor scholars to provide a response based on issues in humor research. These analyses will cover topics ranging from propriety, effectiveness, perception, and cultural variables, among others. The goal of these analyses is to provide professionals with a deeper understanding of the role humor can play as well as guidance as to the effective and meaningful use of humor in medical/healthcare settings. 

For more information and the submission link, visit: https://www.igi-global.com/publish/call-for-papers/call-details/4171 



Stephanie Kelly