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Position Statement: The Structure and Development of Syndrome Diagnoses

POSITION STATEMENT FOR NURSING EDUCATION
The Structure and Development of Syndrome Diagnoses

NANDA International believes that a syndrome, in the context of nursing knowledge, is a clinical judgement concerning a specific cluster of nursing diagnoses that occur simultaneously and are best addressed together and through similar interventions.  An example would be NANDA International’s Chronic Pain Syndrome diagnosis

A syndrome nursing diagnosis must include a minimum of two relevant NANDA International approved nursing diagnoses as defining characteristics.  An example would be NANDA International’s Post-trauma syndrome diagnosis which includes as defining characteristics several NANDA International nursing diagnoses including Anxiety, Fear, Grieving and Hopelessness but has several other defining characteristics that are not NANDA International nursing diagnoses but without which the syndrome would not be complete.

There is no maximum number of defining characteristics and those that are not NANDA International nursing diagnoses may be drawn from any other evidence-based source.

Approved by the NANDA International Board, 15 June 2015

NANDA International's mission is to facilitate the development, refinement, dissemination and use of a standardized nursing diagnosis terminology.