Identify a research topic in your area of expertise( eg warming of neonates) and identify a middle range theory that would be applicable to support the research topic in your specialty area

Application of Kolcaba’s Middle range theory of Comfort in Research As a nurse specialized in preoperative and postoperative care,I would use a middle range nursing theory to research on postoperative pain management, which is a common problem among patients after surgery. The most appropriate middle range theory for this research would be Kolcaba’s middle range theory of comfort. This is because this theory addresses comfort essentials of patients (Peterson amp. Bredow, 2009). Pain is a common problem among surgical patients, and the research could be carried out on such patients. Comfort is an imperative nursing deed and responsibility and, therefore, nurses are adjudged by their capability to make the patients comfortable. However, comfort is idiosyncratic and best identified by the patient (Peterson amp. Bredow, 2009). Kolcaba’s comfort theory would assist in this research by identifying the comfort desires, measures, health seeking patient conduct, comfort, intervening variables and institutional integrity (Peterson amp. Bredow, 2009). This theory acknowledges that the comfort needs of patients emanate from stressful health care conditions. Therefore, this theory would also guide in designing measures to satisfy the comfort needs (Peterson amp. Bredow, 2009). This would be achieved through patient factors that influence the discernment of comfort identified by the theory such as the age, attitude, past experience, support system, emotional state and finances. Additionally, the theory of comfort acknowledges that the comfort is an experience offered in the environmental, psychospiritual, sociocultural and physical contexts (Peterson amp. Bredow, 2009). The research would identify these contexts of life through applying this theory’s taxonomic structure. Additionally, this theory would assist in the research by defining the three types of comfort that can be offered to patients. The theory of comfort identifies such as relief, ease and transcendence.ReferencesPeterson,S.J., amp. Bredow,T.S. (2009). Middle range theories: Application to nursing research. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams amp. Wilkins.

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