New Hampshire Medical Center : A Vision For Holistic Healthcare And Research

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According to Research Gate (2015) Kolcaba’s research has been cited 559 times. A literature search revealed a discrepancy with some references referring to comfort theory and some referring to theory of comfort. CT has been adopted by many in the healthcare field. Southern New Hampshire Medical Center adopted CT to achieve Magnet Recognition Status. Components of CT have been incorporated in the National Intervention Classification, the National Outcomes Classification, and the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association. The American Society of Peri-Anesthesia Nurses composed Comfort Management, a model initiated by nurses based on CT. The Comfort Questionnaire has been certified by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality since 2003. The Comfort Questionnaire has been used in many settings and translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Turkish, and Farsi. Comfort Theory and Practice: A Vision for Holistic Healthcare and Research has been translated into Japanese, attesting to the theory’s international appeal and utility. Assumptions The four assumptions in CT are: The need for comfort is basic; persons experience comfort holistically; self comforting measures can be healthy or unhealthy; and when achieved in healthy ways, enhanced comfort leads to greater productivity (Kolcaba, 2003). These assumptions are testable and useful. As a middle range theory, CT has a limited number of propositions which reflect generalizations beyond specific clinical

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