NANDA Activity Intolerance

NANDA Definition:
Insufficient physiological or psychological energy to endure or complete required or desired daily activities

Defining Characteristics:

  • Verbal report of fatigue or weakness, 
  • abnormal heart rate or blood pressure response to activity, 
  • exertional discomfort or dyspnea, 
  • electrocardiographic changes reflecting dysrhythmias or ischemia
Related Factors:
  • Bed rest or immobility; 
  • generalized weakness;
  • sedentary lifestyle; 
  • imbalance between oxygen supply and demand


Suggested NOC Labels
  • Endurance
  • Energy Conservation
  • Activity Tolerance
  • Self-Care: Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
Client Outcomes
  • Participates in prescribed physical activity with appropriate increases in heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing rate; maintains monitor patterns (rhythm and ST segment) within normal limits
  • States symptoms of adverse effects of exercise and reports onset of symptoms immediately
  • Maintains normal skin color and skin is warm and dry with activity
  • Verbalizes an understanding of the need to gradually increase activity based on testing, tolerance, and symptoms
  • Expresses an understanding of the need to balance rest and activity
  • Demonstrates increased activity tolerance


Suggested NIC Labels
  • Energy Management
  • Activity Therapy

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Nursing Interventions and Rationales for Activity Intolerance

Activity Intolerance - Home Care Interventions and Client / Family Teaching
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