As we travel around the world representing NANDA-I, and as we read emails coming into the Association, we are frequently asked why NANDA-I diagnoses are “only good” for use in hospital settings.
Although we disagree that this is the case, we do believe that we are no doubt missing diagnoses within the classification that would be very appropriate within community health settings. We also believe that there is a high probability that many of our current diagnoses are applicable across the continuum of care. However, the diagnostic criteria may be different across care sites and across the lifespan of a diagnosis.
How You Can Get Involved
We are establishing a task force on Community Health Diagnoses, which will have two sub foci: (1) diagnoses of individuals within community settings (e.g., what are the differences in defining characteristics and related or risk factors in a hospital versus in the community), and (2) diagnoses of the community as a recipient of care.
If you are interested in participating in this task force, please reach out to Dr. Camila Takao Lopes via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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