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SANTOS, Letícia Rosa; TAVARES, Glaucia Batista  and  REIS, Paula Elaine Diniz dos. Analysis of behavioural responses to breast cancer using the Roy adaptation model. Esc. Anna Nery [online]. 2012, vol.16, n.3, pp.459-465. ISSN 1414-8145.

The study analyzes the behavioural responses of women during treatment for breast cancer using the Roy Adaptation Model. Studies show that cancer and its treatment can generate stimuli that will interfere in the sexuality. Knowing the mechanisms these women face must be a concern of the healthcare professionals, so that comprehensive care can be provided. The study involved qualitative research where semi-structured interviews were conducted with five sexually active women. Problems were identified in the modes of adaptation related to self-concept, role playing, and interdependence. These women were nevertheless able to overcome such situations and improve adaptation to their new condition. It was concluded that use of the Roy Adaptation Model was appropriate, making it possible to grasp the changes related to modes of adaptation, and thus enabling the foci of nursing interventions to be concretely visualized.

Keywords : Breast Neoplasms; Nursing Theory; Models, Nursing; Adaptation.

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