00152 Risk for power lessness

00152 Risk for power lessness

Definition of the NANDA label

Situation in which there is a danger of perceiving a lack of control over the situation or one’s own ability to influence the result in a significant way.

Susceptible to the lived experience of lack of control over a situation, including apperception that one’s actions do not significantly affect the outcome, which may compromise health.

Risk factors


• Acute or chronic illness (hospitalization, intubation, ventilator, aspiration).
• Acute injury or progressive and debilitating disease process (eg, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis).
• Aging (eg, decreased physical strength, reduced mobility).
• Agony.


• Lack of knowledge about the disease or the health care system.
• Dependence in daily life, with inadequate coping patterns.
• Lack of comprehensiveness.
• Reduced self-esteem.
• Poor or unstable body image.

At risk population

• Economically disadvantaged

Associated condition

• Complex treatment regimen
• Illness
• Progressive illness
• Unpredictability of illness trajectory


• Belief about health.
• Participation of the family in professional health care.


• Control of mood.
• Enhancement of self-esteem.
• Cognitive restructuring.
• Clarification of values.
• Health education.
• Establishment of common objectives.
• Support in decision making.
• Facilitate self-responsibility.
• Assistance with financial resources.
• Health system guides.
• Promotion of family involvement.