Katherine Koolcaba's Comfort Theory

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Analysis: Comfort Theory This paper presents an analysis of Kolcaba’s middle range nursing theory, comfort theory, using the method delineated by Meleis (2012). The nature of comfort theory and its conformity to established standards are examined with regard to the following categories: the theorist, paradigmatic origins, and internal dimensions. This paper includes elements of a previous critique of the comfort theory, conducted as part of the knowledge and theory development in nursing course at Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University. Other theories which could be utilized in conjunction with the comfort theory for this author’s topic of interest for future research are also briefly discussed. The Theorist Katherine Kolcaba, the creator of comfort theory described herself as “a quite ordinary person” (Kolcaba, 2003, p. 47). Kolcaba’s accomplishments belie her modesty. Kolcaba is an associate professor (emeritus) at the University of Akron and an adjunct faculty member at…show more content…
Kolcaba published her seminal work, Comfort Theory and Practice: A Vision for Holistic Health Care and Research in 2003. Despite this impressive resume’ Kolcaba’s writing reflects her approachable and practical voice. Kolcaba (2003) believed consumers of theory must be able to understand and use the theory. As a result, her writing appealed to colleagues, helping them develop greater insights. Terminology specific to the theory was well described with minimal or uncomplicated definitions. Kolcaba provided clear, engaging examples of comfort theory in practice. The comfort theory website is extremely user-friendly and helpful for students. Kolcaba posts her e-mail address and personally responds to questions. Her website also contains a frequently asked questions

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