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Comfort Theory and Practice

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Comfort Theory and Practice

SKU# 9780826116338

A Vision for Holistic Health Care and Research

Author: Katharine Kolcaba PhD, RN, C


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I am most excited and impressed with the scope and focus of this work. As I began to read it, I had trouble putting it down. It is highly readable, engaging, all-inclusive, and most informative.
Jean Watson, RN, PhD, HNC, FAAN

I am honored and delighted to recommend this text for all nurses who cared for and care about patients.
from the Foreword by May Wykle, RN, PhD, FAAN

This book places comfort at the forefront of nursing care, by presenting a carefully researched theory of comfort that nurses can use as a framework for practice. Engagingly written, the book combines a first-person account of the development of the theory with supporting research, and practical information for its application. Kolcaba analyzes the concept of comfort; describes its physical, psychospiritual, environmental and sociocultural components; evaluates its meaning in the many different contexts in which health care occurs; and describes how it can be measured. The appendix includes comfort care questionnaires that can be used with patients in many settings, and a comfort scale that can be used with patients for a quick assessment of comfort. Clinicians, researchers, educators, and students will find this holistic approach helpful in setting priorities and parameters for patient care.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date December 30, 2002
  • Page Count 288
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826116338
  • EISBN 9780826197269

Table of Contents 

  1. The Seeds of Inquiry
  2. The Mission
  3. Measuring Comfort
  4. Philosophical Perspectives
  5. Theoretical Explorations
  6. Attributes of Comfort
  7. The Experiments
  8. The Ethics of Comfort Care
  9. Mission Updated
  10. Visions of Comfort for the Future

  11. References
    Appendix A: General Comfort Questionnaire
    Appendix B: Radiation Therapy Comfort Questionnaire
    Appendix C: Comfort Lines
    Appendix D: Peri-Operative Comfort Questionnaire
    Appendix E: Modified Karnofsky Performance Status Scale
    Appendix F: Hospice Comfort Questionnaire
    Appendix G: American Nurses Association Code of Ethics
    Appendix H: International Council of Nurses Code for Nurses
    Appendix I: FAQs from The Comfort Line