Kolcaba and associates have studied patients in hospice care (Kolcaba, Dowd, Steiner, & Mitzel, 2004; Vendlinski & Kolcaba, 1997), those with early stage breast cancer (Kolcaba & Fox, 1999), patients with chronic urinary bladder syndrome (Dowd, Kolcaba, & Steiner, 2000), and those undergoing end of life experiences (Novak, Kolcaba, Steiner, & Dowd, 2001).
Katharine Kolcaba, PhD, RN, is an Associate Professor, Emeritus; School of Nursing, University of Akron, Akron, OH.
Kolcaba (2001) states that HSBs are further related to desirable institutional outcomes such as decreased cost, improved family and nurse satisfaction, and better outcomes for children/families including earlier discharge and low readmission rate.
Kolcaba and Fisher (1996) cited Dozor and Addison (1992) in defining a good death as, "being meaningful for all, a death that ends well for patient, health care workers, and family.
The Verbal Rating Comfort Scale is a variation for clinical documentation of Kolcaba
's General Comfort Scale (Kolcaba
, 2010b) and has shown correlation to the Healing Touch Comfort Questionnaire (Dowd, Kolcaba
, & Steiner, 2006).
, Pender, and Peplau are discussed in this section.
Comfort Theory and Practice: A Vision for Holistic Health Care and Research edited by Katharine Kolcaba
, PhD, RN, C; New York: Springer Publishing, 2003; 288 pages, $37.