Nurses' knowledge and attitudes on comfort nursing care for hospitalized patients

Y.-F Hou, A.-P. Zhao, Y.-X. Feng, X.-N. Cui, L.-L. Wang, Lexin Wang

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To investigate the knowledge and attitudes of practicing nurses on comfort care for hospitalized patients, a survey was conducted in 311 registered nurses from a major teaching hospital. A total of 212 (68.1%) of the participants showed an adequate knowledge of comfort care. Participants who had 6 years or more working experience returned a higher mean scores on physiological and psychological aspects of comfort care (P<0.05). The total scores were the highest among participants from intensive care unit and the lowest among participants from the oncology department. Although 282 (90.7%) participants were involved in comfort care, only 210 (67.5%) received formal hospital-based training in this practice. We conclude that there was a large difference in the knowledge between nurses from different departments on comfort care. Continuing education programmes are required to improve the knowledge and skills in comfort care.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)573-578
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Practice
Issue number6
Early online date2013
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014


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