Concept Analysis Essay
Carrie G. Alexander
The concept of comfort is one that nurses provide every shift; however, it is not always easy to define. Katherine Kolcaba’s Comfort Theory will be used. Walker and Avant’s method for concept analysis will be used. The first step is to select a concept, which is comfort. The next step is determining the purpose of the analysis. The purpose is to define what comfort means and what comfort measures are and how they are used in nursing. The third step is to identify the uses of the concept of comfort. This includes definitions of term comfort and a literature search. The fourth step is to determine the defining attributes of comfort. This allows for insight into the …show more content…
Some trends that were noticed were that most patients felt comfortable with the more common aspects of trauma care, such as CT imaging and IV catheter placement. However, many felt uncomfortable and frightened with the forced clothing removal and digital rectal exam. Many of the patients reported feeling scared because they did not understand why a procedure was being conducted. A conclusion of the study was that an emphasis should be placed upon the need to disclose why certain aspects of care are being conducted and that patients need to be an active partner in their care whenever possible (Wright, 2011).
Some limitations of this study include the small sample size and the pitfalls of interpreting data from self-reported surveys. There was not any bias noted since the patients were able to answer the