Activity Intolerance diagnoses

Definition: Insufficient physiologic or psychological energy to endure or complete required or desired daily activities.


Generalized weakness

Sedentary lifestyle

Bed rest or immobility

Imbalance between oxygen supply and demand

[Cognitive deficits/emotional status; secondary to underlying disease process/depression]

[Pain, vertigo, extreme stress]


Report of fatigue or weakness

Exertional discomfort or dyspnea

[Verbalizes no desire and/or lack of interest in activity]


  • Level I: Walk, regular pace, on level indefinitely; one flight or more but more short of breath than normally
  • Level II: Walk one city block [or] 500 ft on level; climb one flight slowly without stopping
  • Level III:Walk no more than 50 ft on level without stopping; unable to climb one flight of stairs without stopping
  • Level IV: Dyspnea and fatigue at rest


Sample NIC linkages:

Activity Therapy: Prescription of and assistance with specific physical, cognitive, social, and spiritual activities to increase the range, frequency, or duration of an individual’s (or group’s) activity.

Energy Management: Regulating energy use to treat or prevent fatigue and optimize function.

Exercise Promotion: Facilitation of regular physical exercise to maintain or advance to a higher level of fitness and health.


Note presence of acute or chronic illness, such as heart failure, hypothyroidism, diabetes mellitus, AIDS, cancers, acute and chronic pain, etc....continue...

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