Due to medical advances, most children with congenital heart disease (CHD) are expected to survive to adolescence and even to adulthood. Evidence indicates that most of their cardiopulmonary function and exercise capacity can reach the level of that of normal peers after early intervention; however, adolescents with CHD are often engaged in inadequate patterns and intensities of exercise. The aims of this study were to design a self-regulated exercise program which met the characteristics of development and limitations of illness for adolescents with CHD. Method: After obtaining approval from the Institutional Review Board, we recruited six participants from the outpatient cardiology departments of two medical centers in Taiwan. We utilized the concepts of self-monitoring, self-evaluation, and self-reaction as the core elements of the self-regulated program and developed program activities based on them. Four 90-minute sessions were held on Sunday mornings during the summer vacation of 2011. Results: Preliminary data showed that the constructs of self-regulation theory could operate empirically, promote adolescents with CHD to choose adequate patterns of exercise based on their own interests, and further adjust the intensity of their exercise. Conclusion: Suggestions for evaluating a program of self-regulation were proposed. Future studies should be conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of a self-regulated program of exercise for adolescents with CHD.
|Translated title of the contribution||Designing a Self-regulated Program of Exercise for Adolescents with Congenital Heart Disease|
|Original language||Chinese (Traditional)|
|Number of pages||12|
|State||Published - 1 Sep 2013|
- congenital heart disease