Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

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

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

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

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Comfort Theory and Practice: A Vision for Holistic Health Care and Research edited by Katharine Kolcaba, PhD, RN, C; New York: Springer Publishing, 2003; 288 pages, $37.95

Katharine Kolcaba may well be described as an authentic theoretical storyteller for the nursing profession. This captivating text contains a plethora of resources and comparative analyses from the sages of holistic health care and research, a fresh example of the trials involved and lessons learned in the proposal of a theory, and a subtle wit that allows readers to identify with the journey into academic content.

Consistency, chronology, and an all-inclusive design bring the resources and comparative analyses to center stage. Each chapter builds on content from the previous chapter. The story begins with inquiry and leads to mission and measurement, theory and conceptual analysis, experimental design, ethics, and practicality. It ends by providing a vision of comfort for the future. In conjunction with this progression, the content builds from the seeds of original discovery in comfort theory and practice to a community, national, and global vision for how to apply principles of healing comfort.

Notable features include quotations and reflections on the quotations, diagrams and figures to support narrative discussions, case studies, and taxonomic tables. The appendix includes six reprinted comfort scales or questionnaires, codes of ethics by the American Nurses Association and the International Council of Nurses, references, and questions frequently asked on the author's website. …

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