Turkish Journal of
Cardiovascular Nursing
Original Article

The Experiences of Participants at Moderate Risk of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Who Participated in a Nurse-Led 12-Week Physical Activity (PA) Program: A Qualitative Study


Department of Nursing, Akdeniz University, Antalya, Turkey

Turkish Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing 2022; 13: 1-8
DOI: 10.5543/khd.2022.211116
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Objective: The aim of this study is to reveal the thoughts and experiences of participants with moderate CVD risk who participated in a 12-week nurse-led physical activity program (12 weeks, 5 days a week, 40 minutes of brisk group walking).

Methods: In this study, a descriptive qualitative design based on the thematic analysis approach was used. The participants of this study consisted of 9 individuals over the age of 40 who participated in the nurse-led physical activity program of the researchers. Data were collected through individual interviews using a five-question semi-structured interview form. 

Results: In this study, 4 themes as “experiences,” “obstacles,” “goals,” and “metaphors” and sub-themes of “physical experiences and contributions, psychological experiences, social experiences” were determined. Individuals have often compared living with the risk of heart disease to a broken engine, clock, and machine.

Conclusion: In order to improve both the cardiovascular and psychosocial health of individuals whose CVD risk is moderate, various PA programs performed with the group can be tried. In order to protect and improve the cardiovascular health of individuals living in the community and to improve their psychosocial health, different physical activities should be encouraged in line with the recommendations of current guidelines and interventional studies covering the effects of these activities should be conducted.

Cite this article as: Dağıstan Akgöz A, Gözüm S. Hemşire liderliğindeki 12 haftalık fiziksel aktivite programına katılan orta derecede kardiyovasküler hastalık (KVH) riski olan katılımcıların deneyimleri: Nitel bir çalışma. Turk J Cardiovasc Nurs 2022;13(30):1-8.

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