The feasibility of a combined model of online interventions for adults with cancer-related cognitive impairment

Talia Maeir, Mor Nahum, Chen Makranz, Afik Hoba, Tamar Peretz, Shai Netanel Nagary, Nechama Silberman, Yafit Gilboa*

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Abstract

Introduction: The purpose of this study was to test the feasibility of a telehealth intervention combining computerised cognitive training and occupation-based treatment among adult cancer survivors experiencing cancer-related cognitive impairment. Method: This was a single-arm study including six cancer survivors with cancer-related cognitive impairment. Participants completed the computerised retraining and functional treatment intervention consisting of 10 hours of computerised cognitive training (BrainHQ) and approximately 10 1:1 remote sessions with an occupational therapist using an occupation-based approach. Feasibility was measured in terms of recruitment, adherence, acceptability and potential effectiveness. Assessments were administered at baseline, post-intervention and at 3-month follow-up and included measures of occupational performance, objective cognitive functions, quality of life and mood questionnaires. Results: From the nine participants enrolled in the study, six completed 8–13 weeks of computerised retraining and functional treatment intervention and reported high satisfaction levels. Positive and significant improvements were found in occupational performance, useful field of view and social quality of life (all P < 0.05). The positive gains were maintained at the 3-month follow-up. Conclusion: A combined model of computerised cognitive training and occupation-based treatment delivered remotely to adults with cancer-related cognitive impairment was found feasible and may improve occupational performance, cognitive functions and quality of life.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)430-440
Number of pages11
JournalBritish Journal of Occupational Therapy
Volume84
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2021

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Keywords

  • Cancer related cognitive impairment
  • cognition
  • computerised cognitive training
  • occupation-based intervention
  • occupational therapy
  • telerehabilitation

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