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AbstractKolcaba’s Comfort theory is one of the many theories that are clearly applicable to today’s nursing practice. Kolcaba holistic approach to comfort isdefined as the immediate experience of being strengthened through having the needs for relief, ease, and transcended met in four contexts of experience (Kolcaba,1994). This paper aims to evaluate the Comfort Theory (CT), strengths, limitations, validity, generalizability, congruency with currentnursing standards, contribution to nursing discipline, relevance social and cross culturally.GeneralizabilityThe comfort theory (CT) can apply to patients of all ages, or cultural background (Kolcaba, Tilton, & Drouin, 2006). Nursing is . The comfort theorycan apply to not just the patient but the family and or the caretaker. Applicable to a wide variety of nursing settings, in hospitals it can be further broken down and specified to different areas of practice such as labor & delivery, surgery, pediatrics, etc. (Kolcaba & Dimarcco ,2005),( Kolcaba ,2002).Empirical FrameworkSeveral empirical tools have been created to measure comfort such as the General Comfort questionnaire, the visual analog scale, and the Comfort Behaviors Checklist (McEwen & Wills, 2019, p.240). Utilizing these instruments, many research studies have been performed to assess Kolcaba’s Theory of Comfort as it applies to nursing practice and education, in effort to provide direction for future research studies. The theory has

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