Feasibility of an Emotion Regulation Intervention for Patients in Cardiac Rehabilitation

Kelly L. Wierenga, David M. Fresco, Megan Alder, Shirley M. Moore

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Cardiac rehabilitation is important to improve physical activity and reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors among people who have experienced a major cardiac event. However, poor emotion regulation can make it difficult to change cardiovascular risk factors. The purpose of this article was to assess the feasibility of the Regulating Emotions to improve Nutrition Exercise and reduce Stress (RENEwS) intervention, an education program aimed at improving emotion regulation strategies among patients in cardiac rehabilitation. A total of 14 cardiac rehabilitation patients (mean age 61 years) enrolled in five weekly RENEwS sessions. Qualitative analysis of participants’ comments was used to assess eight elements of feasibility. In total 57% of participants completed the intervention. Participants thought the intervention was feasible, with strengths in the areas of acceptability, demand, adaptation, integration, and implementation. Other comments regarding practicality, expansion, and perceived efficacy provide guidance for intervention refinement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalWestern journal of nursing research
StateAccepted/In press - 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • cardiovascular disease
  • emotion
  • emotion regulation
  • rehabilitation
  • self-management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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