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Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem

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Rev. Bras. Enferm. vol.71 no.4 Brasília July/Aug. 2018 


Ineffective health management in hemodialysis patients: content analysis

Autocontrole inefi caz da saúde em pacientes em hemodiálise: análise de conteúdo

Mantenimiento ineficaz de la salud en pacientes en hemodiálisis: análisis de contenido

Maria das Graças Mariano Nunes de PaivaI 

Jéssica Dantas de Sá TinôcoI 

Fernanda Beatriz Batista Lima e SilvaI 

Juliane Rangel DantasI 

Marcos Venícios de Oliveira LopesII 

Ana Luisa Brandão de Carvalho LiraI 

IUniversidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte. Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.

IIUniversidade Federal do Ceará. Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil.



To analyze the content of the nursing diagnosis Ineffective Health Management in hemodialysis patients.


The Nursing Diagnoses Validation Model by Lopes, Silva and Auraújo was used in this research. A semi-structured questionnaire and evaluated the definition, location, defining characteristics, and related factors of the diagnosis Ineffective Health Management was answered by 22 experts in nursing diagnosis. The analysis was conducted from August 2014 to January 2015.


Experts considered the proposed definition and the current location in the taxonomy II by the NANDA-I, Domain 1 Health Promotion, Class 2 Health Control, adequate to the diagnosis. The adequacy level adopted at 85% or p > 0.05 were above 10 defining characteristics and 24 related factors. Experts also suggested that one defining characteristic should become a related factor and that three factors should turn into defining characteristics.


A new proposal was developed for the diagnosis under study after the analysis of experts.

Descriptors: Validation Studies; Nursing Diagnosis; Renal Dialysis; Taxonomy; Nursing



Analisar o conteúdo do diagnóstico de enfermagem Autocontrole ineficaz da saúde em pacientes em hemodiálise.


O Modelo de Validação de Diagnóstico de Enfermagem por Lopes, Silva e Araújo foi usado nesta pesquisa. Um questionário semiestruturado foi respondido por 22 especialistas em diagnóstico de enfermagem e, avaliou a definição, localização, características definidoras e fatores relacionados do diagnóstico Autocontrole ineficaz da Saúde. A análise foi realizada de agosto de 2014 a janeiro de 2015.


Os especialistas consideraram como adequada ao diagnóstico, a definição proposta e a localização atual na taxonomia II da NANDA-I, promoção de saúde do domínio 1, controle de saúde na classe 2. O nível de adequação adotado foi superior a 85% ou p> 0,05 para 10 características definidoras e 24 fatores relacionados. Especialistas também sugeriram que uma característica definidora deveria se tornar um fator relacionado e que três fatores devem se transformar em características definidoras.


Uma nova proposta foi desenvolvida para o diagnóstico em estudo após a análise de especialistas.

Descritores: Estudos de validação; Diagnóstico de Enfermagem; Diálise Renal; Taxonomia; Enfermagem



Analizar el contenido del diagnóstico de enfermería Mantenimiento Ineficaz de la Salud en pacientes en hemodiálisis.


El modelo de validación de diagnóstico de enfermería de Lopes, Silva y Auraújo fue utilizado en esta investigación. Un cuestionario semiestructurado que evaluó la definición, ubicación, características definitorias y factores relacionados con el diagnóstico Mantenimiento Ineficaz de la Salud fue respondido por 22 expertos en diagnóstico de enfermería. El análisis se realizó entre agosto de 2014 y enero de 2015.


Los expertos consideraron la definición propuesta y la ubicación actual en la taxonomía II de NANDA-I, Dominio 1 Promoción de Salud, Clase 2 Control de Salud, como adecuada para el diagnóstico. El nivel de adecuación adoptado fue 85% o p> 0.05 estaba por encima de diez características definitorias y 24 factores relacionados. Los expertos también sugirieron que una característica definitoria debería convertirse en un factor relacionado y que tres factores deberían convertirse en características definitorias.


Se desarrolló una nueva propuesta para el diagnóstico en estudio después del análisis de expertos.

Descriptores: Estudios de Validación; Diagnóstico de Enfermería; Diálisis Renal; Taxonomía; Enfermería


The validation of a nursing diagnosis (ND) has three stages, namely: concept analysis, content analysis by experts, and accuracy of clinical indicators(1). Assessment conducted by experts in ND contributes to make decision-making more reliable, accurate, and positive in nursing care(2).

The clientele undergoing hemodialysis experiences frequent changes Which require require significant control in everyday life. Patients are subject to water and food restriction, strict drug therapy and continuous hemodialysis. Thus, the difficulty to adhere to treatment becomes more apparent in this population, giving rise to negative feelings related to limitations imposed by disease, and affecting well-being at the biopsychosocial level(3). The ND in the NANDA-I that is most suited to individuals who do not effectively adhere to therapy is Ineffective Health Management (00078).

This ND belongs to the domain health promotion, in the health management class, and is defined as “pattern of regulating and integrating into daily living a therapeutic regimen for the treatment of illness and its after-effect that are unsatisfactory for meeting specific health goals”(4).

A previous study conducted a conceptual analysis of the ND Ineffective Health Management in patients undergoing hemodialysis proposed to redefine this ND as “patient's inability to control habits and achieve therapeutic targets agreed with professionals, resulting in health complications”(5). Identified related factors were: poor knowledge; inadequate use of medications; non-adherence to water restriction; chronic sadness; sociodemographic factors; deficient social support network; non-adherence to treatment; beliefs; economic difficulties; lack of motivation; negative psychological state; miscommunication; non-adherence to food restriction; treatment complexity; anxiety; comorbidities; self-efficacy; lack of emotional support; lack of fistula care/vascular access; maladjustment to new conditions; irregular attendance to dialysis sessions; lack of transport to attend dialysis sessions; treatment dropout; negative self-image; health policy; neurocognitive dysfunction; negotiation failure; inadequate dialysis; ill-defined treatment plan; asymptomatic nature of disease; fistula puncture pain; identification of barriers to change; and lack of planning.

The defining characteristics proposed(5) were: high interdialytic weight gain; quality of life; longer length of hospitalization; severe complications of kidney disease; low self-esteem; changes in laboratory tests; fatigue; increased symptoms; lack of treatment; change in treatment time; emergency care; infection; increased cost of treatment; fistula issues; difficult fluid removal during hemodialysis; and treatment dropout. However, content analysis was not validated.

Studies identified ND in hemodialysis patients and Ineffective Health Management were rated in different frequencies by the authors(6-8). Such difference may indicate the need to further analyze ND, providing components that best characterize the ND in specific patients. Therefore, content analysis by experts should be conducted after concept analysis, and it is important for the understanding of diagnosis in the context it is inserted.

Therefore, validation studies contribute to diagnostic accuracy, planning of appropriate interventions, positive health outcomes for the individual, family, community, and brings important contribution to nursing as a science.

Given these factors, the guiding question of this research was: “Are the components of the Nursing Diagnosis Ineffective Health Management detected in the hemodialysis clientele?” Thus, this study consists in a content analysis of the ND Ineffective Health Management in hemodialysis patients.

From this perspective, the process aims to favor the identification of ND components (definition, defining characteristics, related factors, and empirical definitions) in order to meet the actual individual needs and to provide faster identification of nursing issues, proposing consistent, safe, and effective goals, contributes to systematize a problem-solving nursing care.


To analyze the content of the nursing diagnosis Ineffective Health Management in hemodialysis patients.


Ethical aspects

Study approved by the Research Ethics Committee of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN) and the Certificate of Submission for Ethical Assessment (CSEA), complying with the Resolution 466/2012 of the Brazilian National Health Council (CNS)(9).


Content analysis conducted by experts in ND, based on the second stage proposed in the Nursing Diagnoses Validation Model(1), tested the adequacy of components proposed to the ND Ineffective Health Management(5).


The sample consisted of 22 experts in ND, estimated by using the formula: n = Z∞2 * P * (1 - P) / e2, where “Z∞” indicates the confidence level (95%) and the value adopted (1.96); “P” is the expected percentage of experts indicating the suitability of each item (85%); and “e” represents the acceptable proportional difference from the results expected (15%)(1).

Inclusion and exclusion criteria

Experts were selected based on the Brazilian National Council of Technological and Scientific Development (CNPq) Lattes Platform. Expert inclusion criteria were to be clinically experienced in hemodialysis; and have published studies on nursing diagnoses. All experts with this profile were selected.

Study protocol

The analysis was conducted from August 2014 to January 2015. Initially, the number of experts selected was above the sampling calculation, due to the possibility of failure to make contact, refusal to participate, and incomplete information. Therefore, an invitation letter was sent by email to 37 experts selected according to the inclusion criteria. The result was, 3 (8.1%) did not accept to participate in the study and 12 (32.4%) did not send complete information (after 3 attempts), totaling 22 experts (59.5%).

After acceptance to participate in the research, each expert received, via email, a free and informed consent term, with general information about the study. This document was then signed, scanned, and sent back to the researcher. Next, a data collection instrument was sent to each participant expert.

The instrument consisted of a two-part semi-structured questionnaire: the first on identification data and expert experience, and the second on validation of the ND Ineffective Health Management (definition, location, defining characteristics, and related factors). Experts were asked to rate on a five-level Likert scale: 1) no indicative/relevant; 2) very little indicative/relevant; 3) somewhat indicative/relevant; 4) very indicative/relevant; and 5) extremely indicative/relevant. The items classified as 1, 2, or 3 were grouped as inadequate and the items classified into 4 or 5 were grouped as adequate, recording the data as dichotomous.

Analysis of results

All data was processed using the software Microsoft Excel®, 2010 version. The analysis was performed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences® (SPSS), 16.0 version, resorting to a binomial test to determine the proportion of experts who indicate that each adequate item was not below 85%. For that, the significance level adopted was 5%, with p > 0.05, and the adequate item was above 85%. Consequently, the components that did not show these proportions were excluded from the final proposal of the ND Ineffective Health Management.


The 22 experts selected to evaluate the ND Ineffective Health Management are characterized in Table 1.

Table 1 Characterization of experts selected to participate in the study 

Variables n %
Female 21 95.5
Male 1 4.5
Northeastern Brazil 20 91.0
Southeastern Brazil 1 4.5
Another country 1 4.5
Academic title
MS 19 86.4
Ph.D. 11 50.0
Specialization 11 50.0
Working institution in the last year
Educational institution 20 91.0
Hospital 7 31.8
Studies addressing the theme NDs by the NANDA-I 21 95.5
Studies addressing the theme nephrology 12 54.5
Participation in research groups on NDs by the NANDA-I 18 81.8
Teaches subjects on the theme NDs by the NANDA-I 19 86.4
Teaches subjects on the theme nephrology/HD 4 18.2
Use of NDs by the NANDA-I in clinical practice 10 45.5
Use of NDs by the NANDA-I in teaching 19 86.4
Nursing care for a patient undergoing HD or with the ND Ineffective Health Management 14 63.3
Practical identification of the ND Ineffective Self-Health Management
Few times 10 45.5
Often 8 36.4
Does not remember 3 13.6
Never 1 4.5
Average SD Median p*
Age (years) 31.14 4.57 30.00 0.031
Length of professional education (years) 7.95 4.43 7.00 0.096

Note: ND = Nursing diagnosis; HD = hemodialysis; SD = standard deviation;

*Kolmogorov-Smirnov test.

In 2016, 91% of the participants worked in educational institutions and 86.4% taught ND, 63.3% reported to provide care to hemodialysis patients or those with the ND Ineffective Health Management, and 45.5% reported practical identification of this ND in few cases.

Regarding the definition of the ND Ineffective Health Management, the experts were informed about the current taxonomy II by the NANDA-I, having the concept analysis by Silva (2013) as a basis; 54.5% of the experts claimed that the author provided the most appropriate definition for this ND: “Patient's inability to control habits and achieve the therapeutic goals agreed with professionals, resulting in health complications”(5).

As for the location of the ND Ineffective Health Management, two positions were pointed out: Domain 1: Health Promotion and Class 2: Health Control, current location of the ND in the taxonomy II by the NANDA-I; and Domain 1: Health Promotion and Class 1: Health Perception, addressed by the concept analysis. In this case, 100% of the experts regarded the current location of this ND as adequate.

The 22 experts evaluated the clinical indicators of the ND Ineffective Health Management in the taxonomy II by the NANDA-I (Table 2).

Table 2 Adequacy of the clinical indicators of the nursing diagnosis Ineffective Health Management 

Defining characteristics n % p*
Expressed difficulty with prescribed regimens 22 100.0 1.000
Daily life choices ineffective to achieve health goals 21 95.5 0.972
Intensified complications of chronic kidney disease 21 95.5 0.972
Changes in laboratory tests 20 90.9 0.863
Increased effects of the symptoms 20 90.9 0.863
Seeking emergency services 20 90.9 0.863
High interdialytic weight gain (over 2 kg) 19 86.4 0.661
Infection 19 86.4 0.661
Expressed wish to control the disease 17 77.3 0.226
Quality of life 16 72.7 0.099
Treatment dropout 13 59.1 0.002
Failure to act to reduce risk 12 54.5 0.000
Non-attendance to treatment 12 54.5 0.000
Problem with the fistula 12 54.5 0.000
Low self-esteem 11 50.0 0.000
Prolonged hospitalizations 11 50.0 0.000
Difficult fluid removal during hemodialysis 11 50.0 0.000
Changes in treatment time 9 40.9 0.000
Excessive stress 9 40.9 0.000
Increased treatment costs 8 36.4 0.000
Fatigue 8 36.4 0.000


*Binomial test.

The defining characteristics below the adequacy level adopted (85% or p>0.05) were removed from the ND Ineffective Health Management; thus, 11 clinical indicators of this ND were excluded from the concept analysis.

Regarding the title of defining characteristics, some experts also suggested changes, namely: “Intensified complications of chronic kidney disease” becomes “Intensified complications of disease;” “Quality of life” becomes “Impaired quality of life;” “Increased effects of symptoms” becomes “Intensified symptoms of disease;” “Seeking emergency services” becomes “Often seeking hospital services;” and “Expressed wish to control the disease” becomes “Non-expressed wish to control the disease.” It was suggested that “Often seeking hospital services” was assigned to factors related to the ND under study. The suggestions were regarded as pertinent, therefore, accepted.

The 22 experts evaluated the adequacy of factors related to the ND under study (Table 3).

Table 3 Evaluation of the adequacy of factors related to the nursing diagnosis Ineffective Health Management 

Related factors n % p*
Complexity of the therapeutic regimen 21 95.5 0.972
Poor knowledge 21 95.5 0.972
Failure to communicate 21 95.5 0.972
Lack of motivation 21 95.5 0.972
Failure to adapt to new conditions 21 95.5 0.972
Irregular attendance to hemodialysis sessions 20 90.9 0.863
Lack of planning 20 90.9 0.863
Lack of emotional support 20 90.9 0.863
Non-adherence to treatment 20 90.9 0.863
Asymptomaticnature of disease 20 90.9 0.863
Time spent on hemodialysis sessions 20 90.9 0.863
ExInappropriate use of medications 20 90.9 0.863
Comorbidities 19 86.4 0.661
Withdrawal from goals 19 86.4 0.661
Neurocognitive dysfunction 19 86.4 0.661
Perceived severity 19 86.4 0.661
Negative self-image 18 81.8 0.424
Beliefs 18 81.8 0.424
Previous experiences 18 81.8 0.424
Socioeconomic factor 18 81.8 0.424
Chronic sadness 17 77.3 0.226
Anxiety 16 72.7 0.099
Perceived benefits 16 72.7 0.099
Residual renal function 16 72.7 0.099
Obesity 15 68.2 0.036
Pain to puncture in arteriovenous fistula 13 59.1 0.002
Poor social support network 13 59.1 0.002
Identification of barriers to changes 12 54.5 0.000
Family conflict 11 50.0 0.000
Excessive demands 11 50.0 0.000
Sexual dysfunction 11 50.0 0.000
Poor transport to hemodialysis 11 50.0 0.000
Poorly defined treatment plans 11 50.0 0.000
Financial problems 11 50.0 0.000
Negative psychological status 10 45.5 0.000
Lack of fistulacare 10 45.5 0.000
Dialysis inadequacy 10 45.5 0.000
Non-adherence to food restrictions 10 45.5 0.000
Break with basic human needs 10 45.5 0.000
Non-adherence to water restriction 9 40.9 0.000
Poor negotiation 9 40.9 0.000
Family patterns of health care 9 40.9 0.000
Self-efficacy 8 36.4 0.000
Perceived susceptibility 8 36.4 0.000
Inadequate number of clues to action 7 31.8 0.000
Health policies 7 31.8 0.000

Source: Prepared by the authors.


*Binomial test.

The related factors that showed a concordance index below 85% or p<0.05 were excluded. Thus, there were 22 related factors taken from the ND Ineffective Health Management.

The experts were asked about the most appropriate nomenclature for two related factors found in the concept analysis that were similar to those provided by the NANDA-I: “Poor knowledge” vs. ”Knowledge deficit” and “Identification of barriers to changes” x “Perceived barriers.” Therefore, 72.7% of the experts considered the term “Poor knowledge” as the most appropriate and 54.5% considered “Perceived barriers” as the most pertinent.

The experts suggested to change the terminological level of related factors: “Sociodemographic factor” becomes “Unfavorable sociodemographic factor;” “Inappropriate use of medications” becomes “Inappropriate use of drugs;” “Negative self-image” becomes “Negative body image;” “Previous experiences” becomes “Negative previous experiences;” “Perceived benefits” becomes “Non-perceived benefits;” “Perceived severity” becomes “Non-perceived disease severity.” They also suggested to turn “Inappropriate use of medications,” “Non-adherence to treatment,” and “Irregular attendance to hemodialysis sessions” into defining characteristics. The suggestions were regarded as pertinent, therefore, accepted.

Chart 1, displays the final proposal for the ND Ineffective Health Management, having the findings of this study as a basis.

Chart 1 Final proposal for the nursing diagnosis Ineffective Health Management 

Defining characteristics Related factors
Changes in laboratory tests Anxiety
Irregular attendance to dialysis sessions Unperceived benefits
High interdialytic weight gain (over 2 kg) Seeking hospital services
Daily life choices ineffective to achieve health goals Comorbidities
Expression of difficulty with the treatment prescribed Treatment complexity
Infection Poor knowledge
Intensified disease complications Beliefs
Intensified disease symptoms Treatment dropout
Non-adherence to treatment Neurocognitive dysfunction
Non-expressed wish to control the disease Negative previous experiences
Impaired quality of life Failure to communicate
Inappropriate use of medications Lack of motivation
Lack of planning
Lack of emotional support
Unfavorable sociodemographic factor
Residual kidney function
Negative body image
Maladjustment to new conditions
No perception of disease severity
Asymptomatic nature of disease
Time spent on hemodialysis
Chronic sadness


Content analysis of the ND Ineffective Health Management with regard to hemodialysis patients contributes to improve nursing care, by providing professionals with a refined taxonomy, making this ND more reliable.

The experts evaluated the adequacy of the ND clinical indicators having knowledge acquired through professional, clinical, or academic experience as a basis. The characterization of study participants is similar to other studies conducted to validate nursing classifications(5,10-12). It is worth noticing that experts were selected considering their academic titles, studies, and clinical experience with the theme addressed(13).

The definition of a ND must be clear and concise, in order to make decision-making and communication easier in the nursing team(4). Therefore, the experts chose the definition proposed having concept analysis as a basis. In terms of location, the experts chose the Domain 1: Health Promotion and Class 2: Health Control. The domain Health Promotion is defined as “perception of well-being or normal function and strategies used to keep control of this well-being and normal function, as well as to improve them,” and the class Health Control consists in “identification, control, performance, and interconnection of activities to maintain health and well-being”(4).

To establish effective health control, hemodialysis patients have to adhere to treatment. It is known that this clientele tend to comply with treatment, which is decisive for survival, but not as a comprehensive practice, due to several factors, such as: waking up early; distance between the household and the clinic; transport issues; frequency and time devoted to hemodialysis; pain or discomfort in arteriovenous fistula puncture; arteriovenous fistula care; financial, psychological, nutritional, and cultural factors; complex therapy; water restriction; dependency on caregivers; poor knowledge; social role; and educational level(14-15).

It is essemtial that individuals undergoing hemodialysis adapt to a new lifestyle. Their chances of survival include water and food restrictions, drug therapy, limited ability to fulfill daily life activities, in addition to getting connected to a machine during the hemodialysis session, over four hours, three times a week.

Furthemore, catheter or arteriovenous fistula are used, the patients are connected to a machine and their body changes, making her/him insecure and fearful regarding body image(16). This often gives rise to emotional issues that culminate in low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression in this clientele(17-18). Moreover, poor knowledge on self-care is an intrinsic factor for non-adherence to treatment and ineffective health care(19-20). Chronic kidney disease derives from metabolic complications and comorbidities, resulting in multiple use of drugs(21).

A study reveals that when the patient accepts the treatment, complying with diet and medication prescriptions, lower is the chance of complications related to disease and treatment(22). In addition to knowledge and discipline, hemodialysis patients need to be supported by family members and friends, as well as the health team. The support network has a positive impact on the hemodialysis clientele(23-24).

From this perspective, content analysis of the ND Ineffective Health Management provides significant knowledge for nursing professionals, which enabling them to identify the indicators with greater accuracy and clarity and facilitates decision-making and communication in the nursing team.

Study limitations

Methodological limitations of this research consist in the extension of the instrument's items, and slowness of responses. Therefore, it is worth mentioning the possibility of more objective instruments and other methodological approaches to be used with these experts. Another limitation is related to the study design, since only experts on the Lattes Platform were selected and there was a single round to collect the data. For that rreason, other methodological approaches could be used with these experts, such as the Delphi method.

Contributions to nursing

We hope that the findings of this study contribute to the clinical validation of the ND concerned.


The final proposal for the ND Ineffective Health Management, having content analysis by experts as basis, considered adequate the proposed definition and the current location in the taxonomy II by the NANDA-I, Domain 1 (Health Promotion), Class 2 (Health Control).

The proposed definition for nursing diagnosis of Ineffective Health Management, based on the opinion of experts was: Patient's inability to control habits and achieve therapeutic goals agreed with professionals, resulting in health complications.

The experts regard 12 defining characteristics as adequate, namely: Expressed difficulty with prescribed regimens; Daily life choices ineffective to achieve health goals; Intensified complications of disease; Changes in laboratory tests; Intensified symptoms of disease; High interdialytic weight gain (over 2 kg); Infection; Non-expressed wish to control the disease; Impaired quality of life; Irregular attendance to hemodialysis sessions; Non-adherence to treatment; And Inappropriate use of drugs.

The adequacy of 22 related factor is indicated, they are: Complexity of the therapeutic regimen; Poor knowledge; Failure to communicate; Failure to adapt to new conditions; Lack of motivation; Lack of planning; Lack of emotional support; Asymptomatic nature of disease; Time spent on hemodialysis sessions; Comorbidities; Withdrawal from goals; Neurocognitive dysfunction; Non-perceived disease severity; Negative body image; Beliefs; Negative previous experiences; Unfavorable sociodemographic factor; Chronic sadness; Anxiety; Non-perceived benefits; Residual kidney function; And Often seeking hospital services.

The results of this study can contribute to the adequate application of the ND Ineffective Health Management and support clinical validation studies. It also brings important contribution to nursing as a science.

Hence, clinical validation is recommended to identify the accuracy of the defining characteristics and contribute to the diagnosis judgment of the nurse, in order to address more clearly the care provided to patients.


This study received funding from the Brazilian National Council of Technological and Scientific Development (CNPq), through the Grant 477559/2013-1.


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Received: February 10, 2017; Accepted: July 03, 2017

CORRESPONDING AUTHOR: Maria das Graças Mariano Nunes de Paiva. E-mail:

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