Ineffective Health maintenance

The inability to identify, manage, or seek out help to maintain health

Defining Characteristics:
  • History of lack of health-seeking behavior; 
  • reported or observed lack of equipment, financial, and/or other resources; 
  • reported or observed impairment of personal support systems; 
  • expressed interest in improving health behaviors; 
  • demonstrated lack of knowledge regarding basic health practices; 
  • demonstrated lack of adaptive behaviors to internal and external environmental changes; 
  • reported or observed inability to take responsibility for meeting basic health practices in any or all functional pattern areas

Related Factors:
  • Disabled family coping, perceptual-cognitive impairment (complete or partial lack of gross or fine motor skills); 
  • lack of or significant alteration in communication skills (written, verbal, or gestural); 
  • unachieved developmental tasks; 
  • lack of material resources; 
  • dysfunctional grieving; 
  • disabling spiritual distress; 
  • inability to make deliberate and thoughtful judgments;
  • ineffective coping

NOC Outcomes (Nursing Outcomes Classification)

Suggested NOC Labels
  • Health Beliefs: Perceived Resources
  • Health-Promoting Behavior, Health-Seeking Behavior
Client Outcomes
  • Discusses fear of or blocks to implementing a health regimen
  • Follows mutually agreed upon health care maintenance plan
  • Meets goals for health care maintenance

NIC Interventions (Nursing Interventions Classification)

Suggested NIC Labels
  • Health System Guidance
  • Support System Enhancement
  • Health Education

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