Occupational therapists with oncology exposure: Perceived needs on adults and older adults with cancer-related cognitive impairments

Sara S. Ulfers, Christine Berg

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Abstract

Cancer-related cognitive impairments (CRCI) can limit participation in meaningful activities before, during, and after cancer treatment. This study explored occupational therapists' perceived knowledge gaps and needs regarding CRCI in adults and older adults. An online survey was sent to a convenience sample of 60 practitioners at facilities throughout the continuum of care and 176 directors and faculty in accredited occupational therapy programs. Using a snowball sampling approach, recipients were asked to forward the survey to other occupational therapists. One hundred seven occupational therapists participated. The majority (92%) responded that it would be beneficial to attend a face-to-face continuing education program; preferences for the content and design of a continuing competency seminar are described. These findings support the development and delivery of continuing competence programs tailored toward occupational therapists' CRCI knowledge needs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-154
Number of pages6
JournalOTJR Occupation, Participation and Health
Volume37
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

Keywords

  • Cancer
  • Cognition
  • Education
  • Occupational therapy

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