In the 11th edition of our text, NANDA International nursing diagnoses: definitions and classification, 2018-2020, we introduced two new categories of diagnostic indicators: associated conditions and at risk populations. We noted that these indicators are important for nurses’ clinical reasoning, but that they were not amenable to independent nursing intervention by nurses at the bedside. When diagnostic indicators were reclassified into these two categories, it left us with diagnoses for which there were no – or very few – risk or related factors identified within the terminology. Thus, we indicated that these factors were “to be developed” – and we encourage nurses using these diagnoses to work on them to bring them to a level of evidence appropriate for the terminology, and identify related or risk factors which are amenable to independent nursing intervention.

However, we have heard from some faculty members who are questioning how they can now teach students to use the diagnoses for which related or risk factors are not identified within the terminology. This document, Info on related factors, associated conditions & at risk populations, provides additional direction on these topics, which we hope you will find helpful. It is available now in English, but will be translated into several languages and made available here soon! As always, please let us know if you have questions or would like additional information!