Purpose: The primary aimof 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. Design: This study was a quasi-experimental, prospective, longitudinal cohort design. Methods: 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. Findings: Results indicate that this interventionwas feasible formost participants and resulted in improvements in physical activity, functional capacity, and self-care behaviors. Conclusion/Clinical Relevance: Brief exercise counseling may be an appropriate option to improve outcomes for stable patients with HF and may be tailored to fit different settings.
- Exercise intervention
- Heart failure
- Motivational interviewing
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation