Feasibility Study of the Health Empowerment Intervention in Older Adults With Heart Failure

Ramesh Devi Thakur, Julie D. Fleury, Nelma B. Crawford Shearer, Michael Belyea

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BACKGROUND: Of almost 5.7 million Americans with heart failure, 80% are 65 years and older. Empowerment approaches facilitating recognition of personal and social contextual resources may improve well-being in this vulnerable population. OBJECTIVE: This research evaluated the feasibility of the Health Empowerment Intervention (HEI) in older adults with heart failure, including effects on health empowerment, purposeful participation, self-management, functional health, and well-being. METHODS: Twenty older adults with heart failure were randomly assigned to HEI or Attention Control conditions. The HEI consisted of 6 weekly sessions based on the Health Empowerment Theory. Outcomes were measured at baseline and at 6 weeks. RESULTS: Feasibility of the HEI was supported; participants realized significant improvement in health empowerment and purposeful participation in goal attainment.ConclusionsThis research supports the feasibility of the HEI and provides a basis for continued evaluation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)538-544
Number of pages7
JournalThe Journal of cardiovascular nursing
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


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