Under the direction of CMCD Founding Director, Noreen, Clark, PhD, investigators conducted a randomized trial including 636 older adults to evaluate a 4-week intervention designed to enhance self-management of heart disease. The program was called “take PRIDE” because it focused on Problem selection, Researching one’s daily routine, Identifying a self-management goal, Developing a plan for goal attainment, and Establishing a reward. Results showed that program participants experienced fewer negative impacts of their illness on psychosocial functioning, especially their emotional behavior and alertness. In particular, men who participated in the program experienced improvements in their physical functioning and the frequency and severity of their symptoms.
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Heart Disease, Older Adults