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Feasibility Pilot Study of a Virtual Intervention for Survivors With Decreased Perceived Cognitive Function After Cancer Treatment

Jamie S. Myers
Celina H. Shirazipour
Jeffrey C. Wertheimer
Arash Asher
ONF 2022, 49(1), 90-95 DOI: 10.1188/22.ONF.90-95

Objectives: Many cancer survivors report issues with cognitive function following diagnosis and treatment. The purpose of this single-arm pilot study was to test the feasibility and acceptability of virtual delivery of a cognitive rehabilitation intervention for participants in virtual groups.

Sample & Setting: 37 adult cancer survivors reporting impaired cognitive function following primary treatment were enrolled from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and affiliates, the University of Kansas Cancer Center, and the Masonic Cancer Alliance.

Methods & Variables: Two cohorts attended six weekly virtual sessions and completed pre- and postintervention patient-reported outcome questionnaires designed to measure perceived cognitive function, loneliness, and determinants of behavior change for exercise, sleep, and mindfulness.

Results: Postintervention scores for perceived cognitive function, determinants of behavior change, and loneliness ratings significantly improved.

Implications for Nursing: Evidence continues to build in support of cognitive rehabilitation interventions for cancer survivors. Nurses play an important role in terms of patient identification, participation, and facilitation.

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