Self-care requirements for activity and rest: an Orem nursing focus

Nurs Sci Q. 2007 Jan;20(1):68-76. doi: 10.1177/0894318406296297.


According to Orem's self-care deficit nursing theory, helping people to maintain a balance between activity and rest (a universal self-care requisite) is a legitimate concern of nursing. The meaning of activity and rest, the requirements and potential measures for meeting this self-care requisite, and factors that might influence the process are explored. Criteria for determining a need for nursing, guides for a nursing clinical assessment, and guides for nursing action are suggested as potential ways to assist persons to meet the action demands associated with this self-care requisite.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living / psychology
  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Energy Metabolism
  • Exercise / physiology
  • Exercise / psychology
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Helping Behavior
  • Humans
  • Nurse's Role* / psychology
  • Nurse-Patient Relations
  • Nursing Assessment / organization & administration
  • Nursing Process / organization & administration
  • Nursing Theory*
  • Patient Care Planning / organization & administration
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Relaxation Therapy
  • Rest* / physiology
  • Rest* / psychology
  • Self Care* / methods
  • Self Care* / psychology
  • Stress, Psychological / prevention & control
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology