Comfort Theory and Practice: A Vision for Holistic Health Care and Research

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Springer Publishing Company, Dec 30, 2002 - Medical - 288 pages

"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.

 

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Contents

1 The Seeds of Inquiry
1
2 The Mission
19
3 Measuring Comfort
37
4 Philosophical Perspectives
59
5 Theoretical Explorations
75
6 Attributes of Comfort
89
7 The Experiments
111
8 The Ethics of Comfort Care
129
Radiation TherapyComfort Questionnaire
219
Comfort Lines
223
PeriOperative Comfort Questionnaire
225
Modified Karnofsky Performance Status Scale
227
Hospice Comfort Questionnaire Patient
229
American Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Nurses
233
International Council of Nurses ICN Code of Ethics for Nurses
235
FAQs From The Comfort Line
239

9 Mission Updated
149
10 Visions of Comfort for the Future
185
References
205
General Comfort Questionnaire
215
Evaluation of Comfort Theory
247
Glossary
251
Index
261
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