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Barcelona / The performances by Pallapupas -ONG of hospital clowns- enhance the desire to live of adult cancer patients, who reduce their anxiety, sadness and fears and improve their emotional well-being, according to a study by the Psycho-oncology Unit of Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO).

The NGO Pallapupas has been carrying out a program for three years, pioneering in Spain, at the hospital of the Catalan Institute of Oncology in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat (Barcelona), where it performances every year before more than 68,000 patients, family members and medical and health staff.

The study prepared by the Psycho-oncology Unit from ICO reveals the performance of hospital clowns reduces sadness and boredom and increases the happiness and laughter of patients with cancer.

The program began in 2015 at the Oncohematology plant and a year later it was extended to the area of External Consultations, and at the beginning of last year it was consolidated to Radiation Oncology.

Three years after its implementation, the first impact study, which was carried out on a sample of 195 patients, 210 family members and 31 professionals, indicate Pallapupas’ sketchs contribute to reduce fear and the stress of hospitalized patients and their families.


Specifically, among the patients, the performances by the Pallapupas during their hospital stays helped to reduce the perception of fatigue; of discouragement; of nervousness and anxiety; of boredom; of sadness; of anger; of worry, disappointment and fear.

The study shows the performances of the clowns also have positive effects on the relatives of the patients, as the companions surveyed showed a significant improvement in the perception of pain, fatigue, drowsiness, fear, discouragement, boredom, nervousness and sadness.

As for the health professionals, all of them agree on the favourable effects of the Pallapupas’ performances in their state of mind and in that they increase the desire to laugh and the feeling of well-being during their work day.

According to the director and founder of Pallapupas, Angie Rosales, “humour is a powerful resource to overcome the disease, since it allows us to relativise it and reduce its burden of drama”.

For Rosales, humour “has a place even in the most difficult situations: not only children, but adults also need this resource that, without a doubt, helps them in the process of coping with the disease.”

“Humour makes us stronger and more free in the face of pain and this study shows it”, concluded the director of Pallapupas.

The Director of Strategy and Corporate Social Responsibility of the ICO, Ana Rodriguez, stressed that the Pallapupas contribute to the humanization of the hospital and the prevalence of the person over the disease.

“This objective is what the ICO program ‘Living with Cancer’ pursues, acting beyond the disease. Among all we want to develop a different hospital, friendly, close and that treats people with the same care and passion as we treat the disease, “Rodriguez concluded. (September 29, 2018, EFE/Practica Español)

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En el texto se dice que...    
se ha publicado un estudio que desmiente que las actuaciones de payasos mejoren el ánimo de los pacientes.
un estudio será elaborado para comprobar el porqué los pacientes se sienten mejor tras ver una actuación de payasos de hospital.
un estudio ha sido elaborado para comprobar qué efectos positivos pueden tener las actuaciones de payasos de hospital.
Question 2
Según ese estudio...    
tantos los pacientes con cáncer como sus familiares se sienten mejor después de que los payasos actuaran.
los payasos de hospital apenas lograron que mejorase el estado de ánimo de los pacientes.
no queda claro si los pacientes mejoraron su bienestar emocional tras haber visto actuar a los payasos de hospital.
Question 3
Los pacientes se sienten más animados tras haber visto actuar a los payasos.    
¡Imposible saberlo!
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Para nada.
Question 4
Una ONG de payasos fue la que elaboró ese estudio.    
Claro que sí.
En absoluto.
No se sabe.
Question 5
En el texto de dice que Pallapupas...    
es una organización no gubernamental que lleva actuando durante años en un hospital de Cataluña.
es una ONG que está empezando a actuar en un hospital de Cataluña.
es una organización gubernamental que actúa en un hospital de Cataluña.
Question 6
Los Pallapupas...  
siempre actúan en las salas de espera de los hospitales.
llevan actuando más de una década en ese hospital de Cataluña.
cada vez están actuando en más áreas de ese hospital de Cataluña.
Question 7
La fundadora de los Pallapupas...
cree que en determinadas situaciones no hay cabida para el humor.
descarta que con el humor se pueda reducir el malestar que sienta una persona enferma.
considera que el humor es muy importante para afrontar y combatir una enfermedad.
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En el vídeo se habla...  
de la actuación de unos payasos en un hospital de Turquía.
de unos payasos que participaron en un proyecto solidario en Bulgaria.
de una escuela para aprender a ser payaso de hospital.
Question 9
Según el vídeo, esos payasos...  
actuarán en hospitales y en orfanatos.
solo actuarán en escuelas y orfanatos.
solo actuarán en hospitales infantiles.
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