Evaluation Of The Theory Of Comfort Essay

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The theory of comfort is such a vital part of nursing that it can be used on a daily basis in the area of the medical/surgical unit. This paper will take the reader back to the development of the theory of comfort by Katherine Kolcaba. It will then show the reader how the theory of comfort reaches the person, environment, health, and nursing on the medical/surgical unit.
History
The comfort theory was developed in the 1990s by a nurse with her PhD known as Katharine Kolcaba. (March & McCormack, 2009, p. 76) It is a holistic theory that was founded on the holist of the whole person. (Kolcaba R. , 1997, p. 294) It is a middle range theory because it can be adapted to such a wide range of experiences and as well as practices and is strong enough to be tested and proved. (Kolcaba K. , Evolution of the Mid Range Theory of Comfort for Outcomes Research, 2001, p. 86) The comfort theory was built on Nightingale’s foundation of “environmental principles of providing care (Selanders, 1998)” (Krinsky, Murillo, & Johnson, 2014, p. 147) “The state of comfort implies an absence of conditions that defeat it, such as worry, pain, grief, trouble, suffering, and so on” (Kolcaba & Kolcaba, An analysis of the concept of comfort, 1991, p. 1302). The theory of comfort has three types of comfort: relief, ease, and transcending and four context: physical, psychospiritual, environmental, and social.
Person
“Person is defined as “the recipient of nursing, including individuals, families,…

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