The nursing diagnosis ‘impaired walking’ in elderly: systematic literature review

Cristina Maria Alves Marques-Vieira*, Luís Manuel Mota de Sousa, Lisete Maria Ribeiro de Sousa, Sílvia Caldeira

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Walk is an activity that requires different skills and can be highly complex particularly for the elderly. The aim was to identify the defined characteristics and related factors of the nursing diagnosis impaired walking in elderly. A Systematic literature review, based on a search done between January and March 2014, in the electronic platforms EBSCO Host®, SCOPUS and ISI, and using the search strategy walk* OR gait AND Nurs*. A sample of 36 studies was obtained. A total of 17 defined characteristics and 34 related factors were identified. Among all, nine defined characteristics and 20 related factors are not listed in the diagnosis of NANDA International. This research identified new defined characteristics and related factors not listed in NANDA International. This study is a contribution to the development of the taxonomy of NANDA International, which should represent nursing knowledge, and this highlights some implications for clinical practice, education and further research.
Translated title of the contributionO diagnóstico de enfermagem ‘andar comprometido’ nos idosos: revisão sistemática da literatura
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere3350015
JournalTexto e Contexto Enfermagem
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Aged
  • Gait
  • Nursing diagnosis
  • Walking


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