Deficient Knowledge

Absence or deficiency of cognitive information related to a specific topic

Defining Characteristics:
  • Verbalization of the problem; 
  • inaccurate follow-through of instruction;
  • inaccurate performance of test;
  • inappropriate or exaggerated behaviors (e.g., hysterical, hostile, agitated, apathetic)

Related Factors:
  • Lack of exposure;
  • lack of recall;
  • information misinterpretation;
  • cognitive limitation;
  • lack of interest in learning; 
  • unfamiliarity with information resources

NOC Outcomes (Nursing Outcomes Classification)

Suggested NOC Labels
  • Knowledge of: Diet
  • Disease Process
  • Energy Conservation
  • Health Behaviors
  • Health Resources
  • Infection Control
  • Medication
  • Personal Safety
  • Prescribed Activity
  • Substance Use Control
  • Treatment Procedure(s)
  • Treatment Regimen
Client Outcomes
  • Explains disease state, recognizes need for medications, understands treatments
  • Explains how to incorporate new health regimen into lifestyle
  • States an ability to deal with health situation and remain in control of life
  • Demonstrates how to perform procedure(s) satisfactorily
  • Lists resources that can be used for more information or support after discharge
NIC Interventions (Nursing Interventions Classification)

Suggested NIC Labels
  • Teaching: Disease Process
  • Teaching: Individual
  • Teaching: Infant Care

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