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Health Behavior Goals of Cardiac Patients After Hospitalization

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Objectives: To examine the types and influences of health behavior goals self-selected by post hospitalized cardiac patients. Methods: Subjects participated in a trial assessing the effectiveness of a health behavior change program. Results: Nearly 95% of smokers and 89.7% of patients with elevated weights selected a smoking and/or dietary modification goal, respectively. Only 43.8% of physical activity goal patients started a rehabilitation program. Although no consistent relationships were found between patient characteristics and type of goal(s) selected, significant improvements in readiness to change levels occurred. Conclusions: Many patients can make health behavior progress consistent with behaviors needing improvements by clinical criteria.

Keywords: cardiovascular diseases; health behavior; health goals; patient education; physical activity; smoking cessation

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Family Practice, College of Human Medicine 2: College of Nursing 3: Upper Michigan Behavioral Health, Marquette General Hospital, Marquette, MI 4: Department of Physical Therapy Education, College of Health Professions, State University of New York, Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY 5: Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 6: College of Nursing, Michigan State Universty, East Lansing, MI

Publication date: July 1, 2006

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

    The Journal aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the impact of personal attributes, personality characteristics, behavior patterns, social structure, and processes on health maintenance, health restoration, and health improvement; to disseminate knowledge of holistic, multidisciplinary approaches to designing and implementing effective health programs; and to showcase health behavior analysis skills that have been proven to affect health improvement and recovery.

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