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

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

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

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

Synopsis

"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." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

This book is a compilation of work about the outcome of patient comfort. It presents, in one easy-to-use text, the various segments of work about comfort arranged topically and in the chronological order in which they occurred. I have tried to make the book personal, user-friendly, and confidence-building for nurses and other health care team members who think that a comfort-oriented, theory-based practice is a good idea for patients, practitioners, and health care organizations. In addition to my own work, a lengthy reference list at the end of the book is evidence of many other authors from nursing and related disciplines who have contributed to my building of the Comfort Theory. No theory occurs in a vacuum, and the Theory of Comfort especially was created out of a renewed collective consciousness about the importance of comfort in health care. While I did not realize it at the time I was developing the theory, in retrospect I see clearly that there was a rich context in health care and graduate education in the United States providing me with frequent helpmates and [lightbulbs] regarding insights about patient comfort. I tried to recreate this context here, to show that anyone can tune in and bring ideas together.

Writing this book has given me a chance to reexamine the consistency of Comfort Theory, and its implications and applications. During this examination, I have acquired new insights and ideas about the possibilities of comfort. I have also enjoyed the interactive thinking that occurs during composition—a sort of writer's system of checks and balances. So this has been a rewarding time of integration, discussion, and refinement in which new ideas emerged in light of changes in health care and global realities. After all these years with Comfort Theory, I didn't think it would still grow. This speaks to the dynamics of the concept, our language, the discipline of nursing and health care in general, and my desire to capture the nuances of comfort.

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