00114 Relocation stress syndrome

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00114 Relocation stress syndrome

Definition of the NANDA label

State in which the individual experiences a certain physiological or psychological disorder as a result of a change to a different environment.

Physiological and/or psychosocial disturbance following transfer from one environment to another.

Defining characteristics

• Changes in environment or location.
• Verbal references of resistance to change.
• Verbal references that express concern regarding the transfer.
• Unfavorable comparison of the personnel who cared for him before and after the transfer.
• Anxiety (eg, separation).
• Apprehension, suspicion.
• Increasing confusion (in older people).
• Depression.
• Loneliness and sadness.
• Sleep pattern disorders.
• Changes in eating habits.
• Dependency.
• Gastrointestinal disorders.
• Increase in verbal references of needs.
• Unsafety.
• Lack of trust in others.
• Agitation.
• State of alert or vigilance.
• Weight variations.
• Introversion.

Related factors

• Lack of an adequate social support system.
• Little or no preparation for the imminent transfer.
• Past, recent and concurrent losses.
• Losses related to the transfer decision.
• Feelings of impotence.
• Change in environment, from moderate to significant.
• History of previous transfers.
• Alteration of the psychosocial health status.
• Decrease in the state of physical health.
• Language barriers.

At risk population

• History of loss

Associated condition

• Compromised health status
• Deficient mental competence
• Impaired psychosocial functioning


• Adaptation of the child to hospitalization.
• Psychosocial adaptation: life change.
• Quality of life.
• Control of anxiety.
• Control of depression.
• Level of depression.
• Loneliness.
• Overcoming problems.


• Increased coping.
• Enhancement of security.
• Advance guides.
• Clarification of values.
• Decreased anxiety.
• Control of mood.
• Give hope.
• Spiritual support.
• Promotion of family involvement.
• Promotion of socialization.
• Advice.

This diagnosis will retire from the NANDA-I Taxonomy in the 2021-2023 edition unless additional work is completed to bring it up to a level of evidence 2.1 or higher.

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