Risk Of Religiosity Deterioration

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Introduction for Nursing Diagnosis: Risk of Religiosity Deterioration

Religiosity is an important psychosocial construct that impacts health outcomes. Health care providers can assess religiosity and intervene to reduce risk of deterioration or facilitate improvement in levels of religiosity. Establishing a relationship between religiosity and quality of life and health outcomes requires an accurate assessment of the level of religiosity of an individual patient and his or her health needs.

NANDA Nursing Diagnosis Definition:

Risk of Religiosity Deterioration refers to a tendency to a gradual, possibly irreversible, decrease in religiousness associated with negative affective, cognitive, interpersonal and/or behavioral effects.

Defining Characteristics:


  • Lack of interest in traditional beliefs, activities and rituals
  • Rituals are not seen as relevant to present life
  • Beliefs are viewed as restrictive or out of date
  • Experiencing a sense of loss without the spiritual connection


  • Reduced involvement in religion or related activities
  • Neglect of traditional practices or beliefs
  • Severe hopelessness
  • Low energy or motivation
  • Withdrawal from religious community or traditions

Related Factors:

  • Psychological Factors: Public expressions of religiosity may bring up feelings of guilt, inadequacy, or embarrassment.
  • Eco-Cultural Factors: Depending on a person’s environment, certain religions may be seen as taboo or oppressive.

Risk Population:

The individuals most at risk for diminishing religiosity include those who:

  • have undergone major life changes due to social, economic, physical, and/or mental health changes
  • have experienced a death or loss
  • have experienced trauma
  • are ill, disabled, or hospitalized
  • are culturally diverse

Associated Problems:

When religion or spirituality is no longer meaningful to an individual, mental health problems may manifest, including depression, anxiety, lack of self-worth, and difficulty establishing new coping strategies.

Suggestions of Use:

Nurses might suggest:

  • Exploring alternate spiritual and religious practices
  • Reviewing spiritual and religious beliefs and experiences
  • Researching new traditions and customs
  • Engaging in reflective activities

Suggested Alternative NANDA Diagnoses:

  • Ineffective Coping
  • Impaired Comfort
  • Spiritual Distress
  • Ineffective Relationship Patterns
  • Spiritual Identity Disturbance

Usage Tips:

  • Encourage patients to discuss the underlying causes and meaning of their religious and spiritual beliefs
  • Provide a safe and supportive environment to promote spiritual growth
  • Utilize religious or spiritual resources to support the individual throughout recovery
  • Be aware of cultural differences and sensitivities to religious and spiritual belief systems

NOC Results:

  • Social Interaction: Increased interactions with members of spiritual/religious faith community.
  • Religious/Spiritual Beliefs: Improved alignment of values and beliefs with spiritual/religious faith.
  • Spiritual Traditions:Regained commitment to participating in spiritual/religious rituals/traditions.
  • Spiritual Well-Being: Improved understanding of role of spirituality in self-care/healing.

NIC Interventions:

  • Spiritual Notions Exploration: Provide guidance and support in exploring the notions of spirituality and the individual’s own religious beliefs.
  • Empowerment: Reinforce strengths, spirituality and supportive relationships when teaching or counselling.
  • Spiritual Care: Facilitate activities that encourage expression of spiritual experiences, values and beliefs.
  • Cultural Sensitivity: Promote and recognize cultural diversity when providing spiritual care.


Risk for deterioration of religiosity is a psychosocial factor which can influence patient’s health outcomes. Nurses can identify the need to assess patient’s religiosity, employing NANDA nursing diagnosis of risk of religiosity deterioration. It is essential to identify the effects of deteriorating religiosity on a person’s health outcomes. Nurses have the opportunity to recognize and intervene in this process to promote healing and quality of life.


  • What is NANDA nursing diagnosis?
  • What is the definition of NANDA nursing diagnosis: Risk of Religiosity Deterioration?
  • How can nurses help with deterioration of religiosity?
  • What NOC results and NIC interventions are associated with NANDA nursing diagnosis of Risk of Religiosity Deterioration?

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