Veterans HealthComfort Theory Unraveling the Complexities of Veterans' Health Care NeedsBoudiab, Lina Daou MSN, RN; Kolcaba, Katharine PhD, RNAuthor Information VA Nursing Academy Faculty, Aleda E. Lutz Veterans Administration Medical Center, Saginaw, Michigan (Ms Boudiab); and The University of Akron College of Nursing, Akron, Ohio (Dr Kolcaba). Correspondence: Lina Daou Boudiab, MSN, RN, VA Nursing Academy Faculty, Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center, 1500 Weiss St, Saginaw, MI 48602 ([email protected]). The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article. Disclaimer: The contents do not represent the views of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or the United States Government. Advances in Nursing Science: October/December 2015 - Volume 38 - Issue 4 - p 270-278 doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000089 Buy Metrics Abstract The health care needs of veterans, especially those who have served in combat zones and their families are complicated, challenging, and interrelated. Physical limitations impact mental health, and mental health problems affect every aspect of adjustment to civilian life. Comfort theory offers a simple and holistic pattern for identifying needs, creating interventions to meet those needs, and evaluating the effects of those interventions. The aim of this article is to demonstrate how comfort theory has been applied throughout 1 Veterans Administration System to fulfill the goal of providing quality veteran-centric care. The application of comfort theory to daily patient and family care, discharge planning, and follow-up in various settings, as well as ways to enhance institutional integrity and branding are discussed. Copyright © 2015 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.