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Hospital Clowns: Essential in a Person-Centred Value-Based Health System

Project title

Pallassos d'hospital: Essencials en un Sistema de Salut Centrat en les Persones

Description of initiative

A new integrated, transversal and solid Hospital Clowns’ Model to bring emotional care for patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals. Covid-19 revealed a reality that for a long time we ignored: our systems of care no longer fit the challenges of today's society. After the shock, it becomes urgent to redesign the healthcare experience in a way that is not centered only on cure effectively, but also care for all in the broadest sense of the word. The new approach must enable patients, caregivers and professionals to deal with their health problems with dignity and to grow in adversity. Hospitals are witnessing daily stories of pain, suffering, uncertainty and stress, but also moments of achievement and hope.
Hospital Clowns can contribute to create a new approach of the healthcare experience through humour. Humour can unblock fears, tensions and distress and brings life to hospitals and celebrate it. And, above all, Hospital Clowns project provide the opportunity to work side by side with healthcare professionals to improve their care plans.

Further information on the initiative

Themes: Culture and...

Community well-being
Physical health


emotional care, hospital clowns, model, healthcare, well-being

Target group

Not targeted to a specific group

Cultural field

Other | Theatre, opera




01/01/2022 - 31/12/2022

Sources of funding

Publics and private funding, Generalitat de Catalunya, Nous Cims, Fundació La Caixa, Hospital Clinic, Hospital Sant Joan de Déu

Results, benefits, impact and lessons learnt

Hospital Clowns transform the hospital experience.

Adult patients:

↓ 32% Fear reduction (p=0,006)

↓ 39% Anxiety reduction (p< 0,001)

↓ 40% Reduced feelings of discomfort (p=0,026)

↑ 43% Increased feelings of happiness (p=0,006)

Family members:

↓ 40% Reduction of worries (p< 0,001)

↑ 87% Increased desire to laugh (p< 0,001)

↓ 50% Sadness reduction (p< 0,001)

Health professionals:

↑ 87% Increased desire to laugh (p< 0,01)

↑ 70% Wellbeing (p< 0,01)