Comfort to the adult at the end of life hospitalized

Raquel Pereira, Teresa Silveira, José Vilelas, Patrícia Pontífice-Sousa

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Introduction: This review article arises from the need to make a broader contribution to the issue of comfort in the practice of nursing care for the adult and elderly person at the end of life during hospitalization. Objective: To systematize the scientific evidence about comfort care of the adult and elderly person at the end of life hospitalized. Methodology: Integrative literature review using the MeSH descriptors of each EBSCOhost database (CINAHL Plus With Full Text, MEDLINE with Full text and Scientific Electronic Library Online - SciELO. Results: The sample consisted of 15 articles whose findings were analyzed and synthesized. Conclusions: Comfort is a preponderant factor for the well-being of the adult and elderly person who is hospitalized, especially in the context of end-of-life. It is noted that there is great fragility on the part of health teams, especially nurses, in dealing with end-of-life situations still strongly mobilized by feelings of sadness, grief and impotence due to the impending death process, which may condition care of comfort that are provided by the teams to these patients. On the other hand, the reduced number of studies with these characteristics, as well as the need to understand comfort in hospitalization, encourages the development of new investigations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)451-457
Number of pages7
JournalRevista Rol de Enfermería
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020


  • Comfort
  • Adult and elderly at end of life
  • Hospitalization


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