Dr. Katharine Kolcaba. The Comfort Theory 1. Comfort Theory. Dr. Kolcaba’s theory was deliberated in women with third stage breast cancer undergoing radiation and chemotherapies 1 . Kolcaba’s target audiences for her theory were 1 : Gerontological Nursing 1 HIV/AIDS 1
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The Comfort Theory1
-a state of being relaxed and feeling no pain 2
-a feeling of freedom from worry or disappointment2
-the act of consoling; giving relief in affliction2
-give moral or emotional strength to2
-lessen pain or discomfort; alleviate2
Relief, Ease, Transcendence
Relief- the state of having a specific comfort need met4,5.
Ease- the state of calm or contentment4,5.
Transcendence- the state in which one can rise above problems or pain4,5.
2. Merriam-Webster. (2013). Retrieved from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/comfort
3. Kolcaba, K. (2011). Comfort Theory. Retrieved from
4. Kolcaba, K., Tilton, C., & Drouin, C. (2006). Comfort theory: A unifying framework
to enhance the practice environment. The Journal of Nursing Administration, 36(11), 538-544.
Retrieved from http://www.thecomfortline.com/files/pdfs/2006%20-%20Comfort%20Theory%20A%20unifying%20framework%20to%20enhance%20the%20practice%20environment.pdf
5. March, A. & McCormack, D. (2009). Nursing theory-directed healthcare, modifying kolcaba’s comfort theory
as an institution-wide approach. Wolters Kluwer Health. Doi: 10.1097/HNP.OBO13e3281a1105b