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

cognitive rehabilitation, cognitive function, health behavior change, loneliness
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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