Taxonomic Validation: An Overview

Mary Kerr, Lois M. Hoskins, Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, Judith J. Warren, Kay C. Avant, Mary Hurley, Margaret Lunney, Winnifred C. Mills, Barbara C. Rottkamp

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A valid taxonomy legitimizes the elements that make up the taxonomy and increases trust in its generalizability and predictability. There is a concern that the NANDA Taxonomy is not a valid taxanomic structure. Despite on‐going work to validate individual nursing diagnoses, there is little research that focuses on validation of groups of diagnoses (taxons) within the NANDA taxonomy. This last article in a series of four will familiarize the readers with why, what, and how a taxonomy of nursing diagnoses can be validated. This article highlights assessment of the validity and reliability of a taxonomy, compares the process of taxonomic validation to the research process, and explores examples of validation design

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-14
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Terminologies and Classifications
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes


  • nursing diagnosis
  • taxonomy
  • validation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Fundamentals and skills
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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