Comfort, well-being and quality of life: discussion of the differences and similarities among the concepts

Sara Pinto, Laís Fumincelli, Alessandra Mazzo, Sílvia Caldeira, José Carlos Martins

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Abstract

Aim: To analyze the differences and similarities of the concepts of comfort, well-being and quality of life (QoL). Methods: Review of concept analysis research on PubMed, Cinahl (full text) and Scielo, using the search terms “Comfort”, “Well-being”, “Quality of Life” and “Concept Analysis”. Results: Eighteen studies were included. Comfort is a broader holistic concept while well-being is mainly related to psycho-spiritual dimensions. QoL reflects the individual perception of satisfaction with life.
Conclusions: The concepts are not surrogate terms, but related concepts sharing common attributes. Caution should be taken in further research, particularly as regards the correct use and framing of the concepts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-12
Number of pages7
JournalPorto Biomedical Journal
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2017

Keywords

  • Comfort
  • Concept analysis
  • Quality of life
  • Well-being

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