Nursing Interventions for Activity Intolerance

Activity Intolerance Definition : Insufficient physiological or psychological energy to endure or complete required or desired daily activities

Most activity intolerance is related to generalized weakness and debilitation secondary to acute or chronic illness and disease. This is especially apparent in elderly patients with a history of orthopedic, cardiopulmonary, diabetic, or pulmonary- related problems. The aging process itself causes reduction in muscle strength and function, which can impair the ability to maintain activity. Activity intolerance may also be related to factors such as obesity, malnourishment, side effects of medications (e.g., Beta-blockers), or emotional states such as depression or lack of confidence to exert one's self. Nursing goals are to reduce the effects of inactivity, promote optimal physical activity, and assist the patient to maintain a satisfactory lifestyle.

Related Factors:
  • Generalized weakness
  • Deconditioned state
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Insufficient sleep or rest periods
  • Depression or lack of motivation
  • Prolonged bed rest
  • Imposed activity restriction
  • Imbalance between oxygen supply and demand
  • Pain
  • Side effects of medications
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