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Grieving With Humor: A Correlational Study on Sense of Humor and Professional Grief in Palliative Care Nurses

Robalo Nunes, Inês, MNSc, RN; José, Helena, PhD, MSc, RN; Capelas, Manuel, Luís, PhD, MSc, RN

doi: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000255

The aim of this study was to explore the relationship between humor and professional grief. Findings confirm that these are not independent phenomena. Using humor as a coping mechanism emerged as a response to death-related work. Likewise, positive attitudes toward humor seem to alleviate the distress associated with end-of-life care.

Hospital de Santa Maria, Lisbon, Portugal (Ms Robalo Nunes); Multiperfil Health School, Luanda, Angola, and European Academy of Nursing Science, Exeter, England (Dr José); Unidade de Investigação em Ciências da Saúde: Enfermagem, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon, Portugal (Drs José and Capelas); and Instituto de Ciências da Saúde, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon, Portugal (Dr Capelas).

Correspondence: Inês Robalo Nunes, MNSc, RN, Hospital de Santa Maria, Lisbon, Portugal (

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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