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Measuring adherence to a women's walking program.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11216027     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of this study is to demonstrate the use of a self-report exercise log and a heart-rate monitor in the measurement of adherence to the dimensions of an exercise prescription and to propose an alternative way to define adherence to a 24-week home-based women's walking program, which reflects the dynamic process of behavior change. Adherence was measured with exercise logs, Polar Vantage XL Heart-Rate Monitors, and pre- to postintervention change in VO2 max. Of the dimensions of the exercise prescription, frequency of walks documented by both the heart-rate monitor and the exercise log had a higher correlation than duration and intensity of walking, with change in VO2 max suggesting that frequency was potentially the most predictive adherence measure. Examination of the total number of walks and the number and sequence of weeks without walks over the 24-week intervention revealed dynamic patterns of adherence suggesting variation in the degree of behavioral change.
J Wilbur; P Chandler; A M Miller
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.; Validation Studies    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Western journal of nursing research     Volume:  23     ISSN:  0193-9459     ISO Abbreviation:  West J Nurs Res     Publication Date:  2001 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-02-16     Completed Date:  2001-03-01     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7905435     Medline TA:  West J Nurs Res     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  8-24; discussion 24-32     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Department of Public Health, Mental Health and Administrative Nursing, College of Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Exercise Therapy*
Health Behavior
Heart Rate
Medical Records / standards*
Middle Aged
Monitoring, Ambulatory
Nursing Assessment / methods
Patient Compliance / psychology*
Physical Fitness
Walking / physiology,  psychology*
Women / psychology*
Grant Support

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