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Nursing (M.S.N.)

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College of Nursing


The purpose of this study was to examine differences between health beliefs and cardiac exercise adherence at 6-12 weeks after a cardiac event as compared to 8-12 months post event. Twenty five subjects participated at time one and time two by answering mailed questionnaires designed to measure perceived benefits, perceived barriers, self-efficacy, exercise adherence, and demographic data.

Data analysis did not reveal a significant difference in exercise adherence or perceived benefits, but results did support a statistically significant difference in perceived barriers (p=.02) and self-efficacy (p=.03) from time one to time two. Subjects perceived higher levels of barriers related to exercise, and less ability to accomplish the prescribed regimen after 8-12 months. This study supports the dynamic nature of health beliefs, and the need for continuous reassessment when determining interventional strategies to assist individuals in regimen adherence. Several implications for health professionals were identified.


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