A systematic literature review toward the characterization of comfort

Sara Pinto*, Sílvia Caldeira, José Carlos Martins

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Comfort integrates the taxonomies and the classifications of nursing knowledge. Its meaning is not yet clear, although it is an important construct from which theories are developed. This article aims to analyze comfort in nursing scientific literature. The results highlight a particular interest in comfort at crisis situations such as illness, palliative care, or intensive care. Comforting seems to be a complex intervention. More studies are needed to achieve its operational assimilation and implementation in clinical practice, as well as the evaluation of its efficiency and effectiveness.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-24
Number of pages11
JournalHolistic Nursing Practice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Comfort
  • Comforting
  • Nursing
  • Review
  • Systematic


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