Heart Failure Exercise And Training Camp: effects of a multicomponent exercise training intervention in patients with heart failure

Heart Lung. 2010 Nov-Dec;39(6 Suppl):S1-13. doi: 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2010.04.008. Epub 2010 Jul 3.


Background: This study tested the effects of a multicomponent exercise training intervention called "Heart Failure Exercise And Training Camp" (HEART CAMP). The intervention was theoretically derived from Bandura's social cognitive theory.

Methods: An experimental repeated-measures design was used. Participants were randomized to the HEART CAMP intervention group (n = 22) or the attention control group (n = 20). Participants were compared on self-efficacy for exercise, symptoms, physical function, and quality of life over 12 weeks.

Results: The intervention group had a 31% increase in cardiac exercise self-efficacy and significantly fewer symptoms compared with the attention control group. Quality of life increased significantly in both groups.

Conclusion: A theory-based intervention improved self-efficacy for exercise and symptoms in patients with heart failure.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Disability Evaluation
  • Exercise / psychology
  • Exercise Movement Techniques*
  • Exercise Therapy* / methods
  • Exercise Therapy* / psychology
  • Female
  • Heart Failure / diagnosis
  • Heart Failure / psychology*
  • Heart Failure / rehabilitation*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Program Evaluation / methods
  • Program Evaluation / standards
  • Psychology, Applied
  • Quality of Life / psychology
  • Rehabilitation Centers / organization & administration
  • Self Efficacy
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome