Volume 10, Issue 1, Spring/Summer 2003
Katharine Kolcaba, Raymond J. Kolcaba
Fiduciary Decision-Making Using Comfort Care
Ethical fiduciaries in health care lack sufficient criteria for making ethical decisions. The authors introduce criteria from The Theory of Comfort as developed in the nursing literature. According to the theory, comfort is based in observation, measurable, and represents a nearly universal human need and interest. Use of the theory is illustrated through three case studies.