Cancer-Related Cognitive Impairment: Retrospective Analyses of a Multidimensional, Psychoeducation-Based Cognitive Rehabilitation Intervention

Arash Asher

Kathleen Van Dyk

Mi-Yeoung Jo

Charlotte Bailey

Jamie S. Myers
cancer, cognitive rehabilitation, health education, quality of life
CJON 2019, 23(3), 301-308. DOI: 10.1188/19.CJON.301-308

Background: Managing cancer-related cognitive impairment (CRCI) is a vital component of optimal cancer survivorship care. Results from several small studies indicate growing support for the use of cognitive rehabilitation and training strategies.

Objectives: This study aimed to retrospectively analyze the effects of a six-week standardized, multidimensional, psychoeducation-based group cognitive rehabilitation intervention for CRCI.

Methods: Retrospective analyses were conducted for data collected for 20 cohorts who received the intervention in groups of about six participants. Changes in cognitive function and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) were compared.

Findings: 85 of 110 participants completed pre- and postintervention assessments. A significant improvement for self-reported cognitive function and HRQOL was demonstrated and sustained over time. Program satisfaction was high.

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