Nursing Diagnosis And Care Plan – Activity Intolerance Interventions

NANDA Defines Activity Intolerance as follows:

Insufficient psychological or physiological fortitude or energy to endure to complete required or desired daily activity.

Most factors related to activity intolerance have to with serious disease or chronic illness. It can also be related to overall physical weakness.  This can be the case with older patients as their bodies begin to lose muscle strength and become more prone to injury.

Also elderly patients with a history orthopedic, pulmonary-related, cardiac, and diabetic issues are prone to this condition.

Relevant Factors​

  • Insufficient Sleep and Rest.
  • Lack Of Conditioning Due To Inactive or Sedentary Lifestyle
  • Muscular Dystrophy. Decrease In Strength And Muscle Mass.
  • Extensive Bed Rest. Activity Restriction. Very Inactive.
  • Chronic Pain And Depression.
  • Large Amounts Stress And Anxiety. Lack Of Motivation.
  • Side Affections Of Prescription Medication or Over The Counter Medications.
  • Poor Breathing. Not Meeting Body’s Oxygen Demand.
  • Cognitive Degeneration And Deficiency.

This Condition Is Designated By

Activity Intolerance is a condition that is defined by certain symptoms and signals. The following symptoms consist of:

  • ​Unable To Perform Basic And Daily Activities.
  • Signs Of Weakness, Fatigue, Drowsiness, And Dizziness.
  • Irregular Discomfort During Regular Activities.
  • Irregular Heart Beat And Blood Pressure Levels In Response To Physical Activity.

​A Nursing Care Plan Consists Of

A nursing care plan details the treatment given to a specific individual or group people. It consists of certain actions the nurse will implement to address and resolve the daignosis given to the patient.

A nursing plan consists of the following things:

  • ​Based on the clinical judgement of the nurse and data gathered from the assessments given by the nurse. The treatment is meant to be holistic.
  • Based on nursing diagnoses and observations about patient’s community, family, and environment. Plus, any other potential health problems.
  • Patient-specific nursing outcomes are the focus. Things that are realistic for the patient.
  • This includes interventions that are based on risk factors identified in the nursing process and diagnoses.
  • A nursing care plan or process is a scientific method and product of a deliberate and systemic process to help the patient. It takes into account the future health of the patient.

Common Outcome Of Care Plan

Nursing Outcomes Classification helps describe the predicted outcome of a patient that undergoes treatment or intervention. This is part of the nursing process is meant to help evaluate and determine the type of care the patient should receive.

We usually want this eventual outcome for the patient. A positive outcome sound like this: The patient achieves and maintains the ability to perform normal and basic physical activities.

The expected outcome of a successful care plan for activity intolerance might consist of:

  • ​Patient shows physiological progress and improvement over time.
  • Patient shows she or he can use certain techniques manage and conserve their energy independently.
  • Patient shows he or she can go about basic or daily activities without significant loss of energy. Slowly gains stamina overtime.
  • Patients shows positive physical and verbal response to basic physical activity.

Nursing Assessment

Assessments must be given to the patient prior and periodically throughout the treatment and intervention to screen for any potential issues that can cause activity intolerance or hinder positive progress in recovery.

Nursing Interventions Classification

The Nursing Interventions Classification details a series of activities that the nurses perform on the patient as a part of the nursing process when the care plan is created. This is a very intricate process with many steps to follow.

The point of this structure is make sure the type intervention is as specific as possible for the patient and simple as possible for the nurse to identify and implement.

This procedure also standardizes the process so all nurses can follow the same system for interventions and so the information can be recorded on the computer as well.

See also Id medical abbreviation


That is what you need  to know about activity intolerance interventions. It is important to try and look for symptoms early on. This will decrease the chances of a patient going down a bad spiral of behavior.

Plus, it can bring the patient closer to successful treatment. We do not want the patient get worse. Just remember that this condition is real and many people suffer and get treated for it everyday. Be aware, ask questions, and do not be afraid to fight against it.