Vol. 14 No. 1 (2010): Revista Científica Pensar Enfermagem
Review articles

Construir laços de confiança e promover o conforto

Célia Simão de Oliveira
Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Lisboa
Manuel José Lopes
Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Évora

Published 2010-07-04


  • trust,
  • comfort,
  • comforting,
  • nursing nurse-patient relationship

How to Cite

Simão de Oliveira, C. ., & Lopes, M. J. . (2010). Construir laços de confiança e promover o conforto. Pensar Enfermagem, 14(1), 67–74. https://doi.org/10.56732/pensarenf.v14i1.39


This paper presents a review of trust and trusting concepts, and a reflection on their role on nurse’s comfort work, with adult or elderly inpatient.

The nursing literature presents trust as a prerequisite for comforting and for client experience of comfort. In addition to support this assertion, the question is if this is the only one possible association between these concepts: Is the experience of trust, in itself, a comforting one? Will be the comfort work a way to construct a trusting relationship between
nurse and client?

We built a reflection that tries to cross dimensions of theory and practice of care in relation to these concepts. Three assertions are held: trust is needed in order to comfort and for the comfort experience; comforting care can nurture the creation of trust; and beeing able to trust the nurse, who is consistently seeking to comfort may be, in itself, a comforting


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