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comfort theory

A nursing theory developed by Katherine Kolcaba that proposes that the relief of distress, sorrow, worry, grief, anxiety and hopelessness are the primary goals of holistic nursing.
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Multiple studies have been conducted related to Comfort Theory.
Comfort Theory suggests that as persons pursue comfort interventions, they also engage in health-seeking behaviors (Kolcaba, 2003).
When nurses apply Comfort Theory, they efficiently consider and minister in a caring way to the uniqueness and complexity of each whole child within the context of the family system.
A glossary includes descriptions for ethical principles, comfort theory, and practice terms, and definitions for research methods.
Kolcaba's Comfort Theory proposes an important relationship between patient comfort, patient behaviors that move the patient toward a state of well-being, and outcomes (Kolcaba & Wilson, 2002; Wagner, Byrne, & Kolcaba, 2006).