Oncology Nurses' Views on Using Therapeutic Humor as an Intervention

  1. You are being asked to participate in a research study conducted by Joe Abraham, a graduate nursing student at DePaul University, under the supervision of adviser Dr. Barbara Harris of the Nursing Department at DePaul University. This research project is a requirement of DePaul University's nursing masters program. I am asking for your opinions on this survey because I am trying to learn more about the use of humor and its effects on interpersonal relations and the use of humor to help manage chronic pain.

    Oncology nurses are being specifically sought as oncology patients typically deal with chronic pain as well as the stresses of dealing with a chronic illness. As such, oncology patients are good candidates for the implementation of humor for these reasons. This survey should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. If you agree to be a part of this study, you will be asked to fill out a 15-20 question survey on a secure link at SurveyMonkey.com.

    The questionnaire will include demographic questions, such as age, gender, ethnicity, type of nursing degree held, and years of experience. There will also be some short answer questions that deal specifically with your experiences with the use of humor. Where there are places to comment, please feel free to include any pertinent information. You can choose not to participate in this study. There will be no negative consequences if you decide not to participate or if you change your mind once you begin. If you decide to stop once you begin, your answers will not be recorded.

    If you have any questions about this study, please contact Joe Abraham at jabraham24@hotmail.com or Dr. Barbara Harris at bharri14@depaul.edu. Please include "humor survey" in the subject line.

    If you have questions about your rights as a research subject, you may contact Susan Loess-Perez, DePaul University's Director of Research Protections at 312-362-7593 or by email at sloesspe@depaul.edu.

    You may keep this information for your records.

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    can anyone please help me with this?