Bandura's self-efficacy theory: a guide for cardiac rehabilitation nursing practice.

C. Jeng, L. T. Braun

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To help patients achieve the greatest benefit from cardiac rehabilitation programs, nurses must assist them to modify unhealthy behaviors. Many cardiac rehabilitation programs, however, lack a theoretical foundation; therefore, interventions are usually executed without accounting for the complexities of human behavior, and little consideration is given to the difficulties encountered in altering unhealthy behavior patterns. Bandura's self-efficacy theory is considered a suitable model for cardiac rehabilitation because it provides a systematic direction which allows one to interpret, modify, and predict patients' behaviors. This article describes the development of and conceptual framework for Bandura's theory, how it provides a basis for measurement of self-efficacy, and how it may be applied to the study of cardiac rehabilitation. Finally, some research issues, which are related to applications of self-efficacy theory in cardiac rehabilitation are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-436
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of holistic nursing : official journal of the American Holistic Nurses" Association
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1994
Externally publishedYes

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  • Medicine(all)

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