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Nursing Theory-Directed Healthcare: Modifying Kolcaba's Comfort Theory as an Institution-Wide Approach

March, Angela BN, RN; McCormack, Dianne RN, MSc

doi: 10.1097/HNP.0b013e3181a1105b
CONTINUING EDUCATION: CE 2.0 Contact Hours See text on pp. 81–82

The tradition of the nursing discipline borrowing theory from other disciplines is examined, and the idea of other healthcare disciplines borrowing nursing theory is proposed. A brief literature review of borrowed theory sets the stage to examine how a modification in the theoretical framework of Kolcaba's theory of comfort can guide the thinking and work of other healthcare disciplines. This change positions Kolcaba's theory as an acceptable blueprint to guide the activities of all health disciplines within an institution, transposing this theory from a theory for nursing to a theory for healthcare. In a healthcare climate that embraces interprofessional collaboration, a single theoretical framework has the potential to facilitate greater understanding between disciplines and greater continuity of care for healthcare recipients and their families. To clearly demonstrate this assertion, a hypothetical case example is presented.

Department of Medical/Surgical Intensive Care, Atlantic Health Sciences Corporation (Ms March) and Department of Nursing, University of New Brunswick (Ms McCormack), Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.

Corresponding Author: Angela March, BN, RN, Department of Medical/Surgical Intensive Care, Atlantic Health Sciences Corporation, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada E2L 4L5 (

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationship with or financial interest in any commercial companies that pertain to this educational activity.

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