An exercise counseling intervention in minority adults with heart failure

Margaret M. McCarthy, Victoria Vaughan Dickson, Stuart D. Katz, Deborah A. Chyun

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)146-156
Number of pages11
JournalRehabilitation Nursing
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2016


  • Exercise intervention
  • Heart failure
  • Motivational interviewing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


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