Background: Regular exercise is associated with numerous benefits; yet up to 91% of patients with heart failure (HF) do not exercise regularly. This study explored factors supporting long-term exercise adherence in patients with HF. Design: This study was a qualitative multiple-case study. Methods: Data were collected via semi-structured interviews from patients with HF at completion of an 18-month exercise intervention in a health care exercise facility and analyzed using a directed content analysis approach. Results: Participants (n=22) identified perceived health status, scheduling/making exercise part of a routine, social support from coaches and family, knowledge about exercise, and motivation/perseverance as supports for long-term exercise adherence. Conclusions: Perceived health status may be key when promoting exercise adherence in this population. Knowledge, social support from coaches and family members, and motivation should be considered for long-term exercise adherence.
- Exercise adherence
- Heart failure
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine