What can we learn from patients with heart failure about exercise adherence? A systematic review of qualitative papers

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  • S. Tierney
  • M. Marras
  • Dawn Skelton
  • S. Woods
  • M. K. Rutter
  • M. Gibson
  • L. Neyses
  • C. Deaton

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)401-410
Number of pages10
JournalHealth Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2011


Keeping physically active has been shown to bring positive outcomes for patients diagnosed with heart failure (HF). However, a number of individuals with this health problem do not undertake regular exercise. A review of extant qualitative research was conducted to explore what it can tell us about barriers and enablers to physical activity among people with HF. A systematic search, involving electronic databases and endeavors to locate gray literature, was carried out to identify relevant qualitative studies published from 1980 onward. Data from retrieved papers were combined using framework analysis.


  • exercise adherence, heart failure, barriers to physical activity

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