The primary aim of this study was to assess the feasibility of an exercise counseling intervention for adults of diverse race/ethnicity with heart failure (HF) and to assess its potential for improving overall physical activity, functional capacity, and HF self-care.
This study was a quasi-experimental, prospective, longitudinal cohort design.
Twenty adults were enrolled and completed the 6-minute walk and standardized instruments, followed by exercise counseling using motivational interviewing. Each received an accelerometer, hand weights, and a diary to record self-care behaviors. Participants were followed via phone for 12 weeks to collect step-counts, review symptoms, and plan the following week’s step goal.
Results indicate that this intervention was feasible for most participants and resulted in improvements in physical activity, functional capacity, and self-care behaviors.
Brief exercise counseling may be an appropriate option to improve outcomes for stable patients with HF and may be tailored to fit different settings.
1 College of Nursing, New York University, New York, NY, USA
2 Heart Failure Program, New York University, Langone Medical Center, New York, NY, USA
Correspondence: Margaret M. McCarthy, College of Nursing, New York University, 433 First Avenue, New York, NY, USA. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted December 8, 2015.
Cite this article as: McCarthy, M. M., Dickson, V. V., Katz, S. D., & Chyun, D. A. (2017). An exercise counseling intervention in minority adults with heart failure. Rehabilitation Nursing, 42(3), 146–156. doi: 10.1002/rnj.265