behavioral intervention, heart failure, quality of life



  1. Kodiath, Mary MS, RNC, ANP
  2. Kelly, Ann MSN, RN
  3. Shively, Martha PhD, RN


Nurses play a major role in assisting patients with chronic diseases manage their symptoms, adhere to treatment, and change behavior. This article describes an innovative behavioral intervention for patients with heart failure. The rationale and theoretical basis for the intervention, implementation, and evaluation of the intervention and its implications for use in clinical practice and further research are presented.