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Nursing Research and Practice
Volume 2014, Article ID 196410, 8 pages
Research Article

Implementation Intentions on the Effect of Salt Intake among Hypertensive Women: A Pilot Study

1Faculty of Nursing, University of Campinas, Rua Tessália Vieira de Camargo 126, 13083-887 Campinas, SP, Brazil
2Faculty of Nursing, Laval University, 1050 Avenue de la Médecine, Quebec, QC, Canada G1K 7P4

Received 2 May 2014; Revised 23 July 2014; Accepted 30 July 2014; Published 27 August 2014

Academic Editor: Gaston Godin

Copyright © 2014 Rúbia de Freitas Agondi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This experimental study was aimed at assessing the potential effect of a theory-driven intervention—implementation intentions—on reducing salt intake among hypertensive Brazilian women. Ninety-eight participants were randomly assigned to participate in an implementation intentions intervention aimed at promoting lower salt intake through decreased addition of salt and salty spices to meals (intervention group, ; group, ). Endpoints were assessed at baseline and at the 2-month follow-up. Primary endpoints were a self-reporting measure of salt intake given by salt addition to meals (discretionary salt + salty spices = total added salt) and the 24 h urinary-sodium excretion. Secondary endpoints included intention, self-efficacy, and habit related to adding salt to meals. Patients in the intervention group showed a significant reduction in salt intake as assessed by 24 h urinary-sodium excretion. A significant reduction in the measure of habit was observed for both groups. No differences were observed for intention and self-efficacy. The results of this pilot study suggest the efficacy of planning strategies to help hypertensive women reduce their salt intake.