Books

In 2010, Drs. Wittenberg, Goldsmith, and Ragan published Dying with Comfort, as a follow up to their 2008 volume Communication as Comfort, based on extensive longitudinal research of patients and families, from the point of diagnosis through death and bereavement. As a result of this work, the COMFORT Initiative was introduced, calling for the development of a new communication curriculum aimed at outlining the basic principles of palliative care communication. Working with palliative care researcher Dr. Betty Ferrell, and by integrating communication theory into clinical research, Communication in Palliative Nursing was published in 2012 and COMFORT Communication became the first theoretically-grounded and evidence-based curriculum for teaching communication. In 2015, the principles of COMFORT were used to develop and shape the content for the inaugural volume of the Textbook of Palliative Care Communication.