Journal article

Confirming a beneficial effect of the six-minute walk test on exercise confidence in patients with heart failure

SR Toukhsati, S Mathews, A Sheed, I Freijah, L Moncur, P Cropper, FJ Ha, DL Hare

European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Low confidence to exercise is a barrier to engaging in exercise in heart failure patients. Participating in low to moderate intensity exercise, such as the six-minute walk test, may increase exercise confidence. AIM: To compare the effects of a six-minute walk test with an educational control condition on exercise confidence in heart failure patients. METHODS: This was a prospective, quasi-experimental design whereby consecutive adult patients attending an out-patient heart failure clinic completed the Exercise Confidence Scale prior to and following involvement in the six-minute walk test or an educational control condition. RESULTS: Using a matched pairs, mixed model design (n=..

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