Cognitive Functional Remote Group intervention for adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: A feasibility study

Shoval Galili-Simhon, Adina Maeir*

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Abstract

Introduction: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder among adults has been associated with deficits in executive functioning and poor quality of life. The purpose of this study is to examine feasibility of the Cognitive Functional Remote Group intervention among adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Method: Mixed-method feasibility study. Five adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder received 16 weekly sessions of Cognitive Functional Remote Group. Results: The target population was easily recruited and showed interest in the treatment. All participants completed the intervention and were moderately-very highly satisfied with different aspects of the intervention. Additionally, pre–post measures demonstrated high rates of clinically significant improvements in the quality of life measure and less so in executive functioning. Three central themes emerged from qualitative analyses of participants experiences relating to (a) Identity development through group process; (b) Occupation-based learning of self-awareness and cognitive functional strategies and (c) Feedback on group setting and content and relating to advantages and disadvantages of remote (Zoom) format. Conclusion: This study supported Cognitive Functional Remote Group feasibility among adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Quantitative findings point to the responsiveness of quality-of-life measures. Qualitative findings suggest gains in identity development, awareness and acquisition of cognitive functional strategies through occupation-based learning in a telerehabilitation group therapy format. Further controlled studies are warranted.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)686-696
Number of pages11
JournalBritish Journal of Occupational Therapy
Volume86
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2023

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Keywords

  • Adult ADHD
  • executive functions
  • functional cognition
  • occupational therapy
  • telerehabilitation

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