Every year, over 200,000 hospital patients encounter a Dream Doctor…
A Unique Role in Healthcare
Dream Doctors are professional medical clowns who work as an integrated part of multidisciplinary care teams in hospitals across Israel. Dream Doctors are professional and experienced performing artists who work with patients, their family members and hospital staff to ease the the stress of illness and play a unique role in assisting patient care and advancing treatment.
Dream Doctors are “beyond humour”. Drawing on their rich toolbox of skills and talents, they employ a wide variety of techniques to help relieve tension and anxiety among patients and achieve better therapeutic outcomes as a result. Techniques include creating distractions during procedures, role playing to help re-establish a patient’s sense of control; allowing the patient to act out suppressed desires to dissipate anger and frustration; creating virtual realities, and much more. Dream Doctors customise their toolbox of skills to meet the individual needs of each patient based on their condition, situation, and particular treatment. They offer e a remarkably high level of sensitivity and attention to every child.
Routine Work in Hospitals
Today, 100 Dream Doctors work hand-in-hand with doctors and nurses in 30 hospitals across Israel. They work regular days at set hours every week. Every hospital has a contact person who supervises the medical clowns, determines the hospital’s needs and priorities, and then directs the clowns to various wards accordingly. Dream Doctors usually work in the mornings when the majority of medical procedures take place. They assist in more than 40 different medical procedures such as: blood tests; accompanying patients to surgery and other complex procedures (such as injections directly into the joints); burn therapies; accompanying child victims of sexual abuse during their examinations, among many others.
Areas of Specialisation
Dream Doctors specialise in a wide range of treatment areas including autism, sexual abuse, oncology, burn treatment, trauma and PTSD, resiliency training, nephrology, NICU, child development, rehabilitation, dementia, psychiatry, youth-at-risk, and more.
Dream Doctors provide specialised care to over 200, 000 child and adult patients a year including preemie babies, youth-at-risk, victims of sexual assault, veterans, and communities in trauma, among others. They serve all of Israel’s diverse population, regardless of race, religious, cultural or socio-economic background.
Dream Doctors research-proven methods demonstrate that medical clowning significantly improves the wellbeing of hospitalised children and patients. Among many others, benefits include lowered perception of pain, reduced need for sedation, accelerated recovery time, alleviation of anxiety and depression, greater compliance and better therapeutic outcomes.
Watch them in action below