Kolcaba's Comfort Theory Analysis

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The middle range theory that has an impact on my practice is Kolcaba’s theory of comfort. The first thing affected in the state of illness is the comfort. Patients tend to feel dissatisfied and uncooperative if they are not comfortable. Comfort is the essential immediate outcome of nursing care as per the theory. When the patients and family are comfortable, they show the health seeking behaviors. This in turn increase the comfort (McEwen & Wills, 2014). Four disciplines are the base of Kolcaba's comfort theory. One of the basic needs of a patient is comfort. The experience of comfort is a comprehensive feeling. When people seek comfort, it could be either in a healthy way or an unhealthy way. When people achieve increased level of comfort,…show more content…
For example, the patient feels eased after their stress goes away. When the patients rise above their problem situations they are in the state of transcendence (Comfort Theory by Katharine Kolcaba, 2011). Comfort’s experienced physically, psycho-spiritually, socioculturally and environmentally as per this theory (Parker & Smith, 2010). People get comforted technically, through coaching and satisfying the soul (Parker & Smith, 2010). People get comforted technically, through coaching and satisfying the soul. A nurse can ensure that the patient is comfortable by implementing the nursing process. It is my prime responsibility as a nurse to comfort the patient and their family. I physically comfort the patient by direct nursing care. This is the technical way. When I listen to the patient and family or consoles the patient who is in grief, the patient is comforted psycho-spiritually through coaching. By helping the patient and family use the distractive measures like television shows or music therapy, I satisfy the soul. This enables them to cope with their stress. Through eliminating the environmental distractions like noise, I promote the rest of the patient. Rest and relief of stress, made possible through the increase in the comfort level, are as important as the treatment itself. It helps the patient to recuperate fast (Hawley, 2000). All these factors will help increase the patient and family satisfaction.

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