a model for nursing based on the assumption that individuals are constantly adapting to changes in their environment. Adaptive responses to environmental stimuli are by means of innate or acquired mechanisms and work within the modes of physiological function, the concept of ‘self’, role function, and interdependence. Nursing should aim to promote and support these adaptive responses. See also nursing models. [C. Roy (1939– ), US nurse theorist]
Subjects: Medicine and Health.