Responding to Cognitive Concerns (ReCog): Group cognitive rehabilitation for cancer survivors has the potential to enhance cognitive function and quality of life
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This research aimed to address the gap in evidence-based treatment available for cancer survivors who are experiencing cognitive dysfunction. As an initial feasibility study for a new intervention, based on cognitive behavioural and cognitive rehabilitation principles, relatively broad inclusion criteria were used. Three groups of adults were recruited: an intervention group of 23 cancer survivors who completed a 4-week group cognitive rehabilitation treatment, a comparison group of 9 cancer survivors, and a matched community sample of 23 adults who had never experienced cancer. The manualised “ReCog” intervention was developed by the authors for this study and was delivered by a clinical health psychologist and a provisionally registered psychologist, in small groups of 4-8 participants. The two comparison groups completed assessments but did not receive the intervention. We expected that the intervention would have its greatest impact on subjective cognitive function, which often shows a mismatch with objective cognitive function. However, interestingly, the intervention showed relatively large effect sizes in objective cognitive improvement, even after correction for practice effects demonstrated by the comparison groups. Potential mechanisms for these findings will be discussed. A replication using a more rigorous randomised trial is currently underway.
Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, Vol. 8 (Suppl. 3)
© 2012 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd. This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Responding to Cognitive Concerns (ReCog): Group cognitive rehabilitation for cancer survivors has the potential to enhance cognitive function and quality of life, Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, Volume 8, Issue Supplement S3, 2012, pages 115–217, which has been published in final form at dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajco.12029.
Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology)
Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology