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quality of life, nursing theory, Roy Adaptation Model



  1. Lefaiver, Cheryl A. PhD, RN
  2. Keough, Vicki PhD, RN, ACNP
  3. Letizia, Marijo PhD, RN, ACNP
  4. Lanuza, Dorothy M. PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA


Using theory to support nursing research may be considered superfluous by some authors, yet a theoretical framework provides structure and consistency to a research study. This article presents the use of the Roy Adaptation Model within the theoretical framework underpinning an investigation of quality of life as perceived by lung transplant candidates and their caregivers. Each step of the research process is identified in this article and the link to the theoretical framework is demonstrated. The use of nursing frameworks to guide research strengthens the theoretical framework itself and also adds another dimension to the body of nursing knowledge.