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Katharine Kolcaba (born December 28, 1944) is an American nursing theorist and nursing professor. Kolcaba is responsible for the Theory of Comfort, a mid-range nursing theory that has been implemented at the institutional level.
Kolcaba earned a nursing diploma from St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing. She earned a Master of Science in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University in 1987 and a PhD from the same school in 1997.
Kolcaba's nursing background included work in medical/surgical nursing, home health and long-term care. She became interested in comfort as a theoretical construct while working on a unit for dementia patients. While the concept of comfort was as old as the nursing profession, Kolcaba's theory turned it into a measurable entity with defined supporting features. The Theory of Comfort considers the concepts of relief, ease and transcendence across four dimensions - physical, psychospiritual, sociocultural and environmental.
Awards and honors
- Kolcaba, K. (2010). Impaired Comfort. In B. Ackley & G. Ladwig (Eds.). Nursing Diagnosis Handbook: An evidence-based guide to planning care. (9th Edition)
- Kolcaba, K. (2003). Comfort Theory and Practice: A vision for Holistic Health and Research. Springer Publishing Company.
- Kolcaba, K (2001). "Evolution of the mid range theory of comfort for outcomes research". Nursing Outlook. 49 (2): 86–92. doi:10.1067/mno.2001.110268.
- Kolcaba, K (1994). "A Theory of Comfort for Nursing". Journal of Advanced Nursing. 19: 1178–1184. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2648.1994.tb01202.x.
- March, A; McCormack, D (Mar–Apr 2009), "Nursing theory-directed healthcare: modifying Kolcaba's comfort theory as an institution-wide approach", Holistic Nursing Practice, 23 (2): 75–80, doi:10.1097/hnp.0b013e3181a1105b, PMID 19258847
- "More About Me". Comfort Line. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
- Sitzman, Kathleen; Eichelberger, Lisa Wright (2015). Understanding the Work of Nurse Theorists. Jones & Bartlett Learning. ISBN 9781284113112.
- Snowden, Austyn; Donnell, Allan; Duffy, Tim (2014). Pioneering Theories in Nursing. Andrews UK Limited. ISBN 9781856424806.
- Masters, Kathleen (2013). Role Development in Professional Nursing Practice. Jones & Bartlett Publishers. p. 73. ISBN 9781449681982.
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