Katharine Kolcaba

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Katharine Kolcaba
Nationality United States
Fields Nursing
Known for Nursing theory

Katharine Kolcaba is an American nursing theorist and nursing professor. Kolcaba is responsible for comfort theory, a mid-range nursing theory that has been implemented at the institutional level.[1]


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.[2]

Faculty appointments[edit]

Dr. Kolcaba is Associate Professor Emeritus at University of Akron. She holds an adjunct position at Ursuline College.[2]

Awards and honors[edit]

2007: Distinguished Alumni Award, The Cleveland General and St. Luke's Nurses' Alumni Association[2]
1994 - Present: Who's Who in American Nursing[2]


  • 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. 


  1. ^ 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 
  2. ^ a b c d "More About Me". Comfort Line. Retrieved July 7, 2012.