Congruence between nursing problems in nursing care plans and NANDA nursing diagnoses

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2009;146:778-9.


This study abstracted nursing problems documented in cancer patients' nursing care plans to analyze (1) which nursing problems were documented and (2) the degree of congruence between the abstracted problems and NANDA nursing diagnoses. 236 unique nursing problems were identified and could be mapped to 32 NANDA nursing diagnoses. However, only 4.3% had a precise match with NANDA, Thirty-eight percent were classified as similar and the rest were broader, narrower or no match. Thus NANDA only partially covered problems written by nurses in the care plans for this group of patients.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Norway
  • Nursing Assessment* / classification
  • Nursing Diagnosis* / classification
  • Nursing Records
  • Patient Care Planning / standards*