Memory and Attention Adaptation Training-Geriatrics (MAAT-G) Phase I

2020-01-23 12:48:50 | BioPortfolio


Cancer-related cognitive dysfunction (CRCD) affects up to 75% of patients receiving chemotherapy and older adults are at greater risk of developing CRCD, which can negatively affect their functional independence and quality of life. Memory and Attention Adaptation Training (MAAT) is a promising treatment for CRCD that improves perceived cognition in younger cancer survivors, but needs to be adapted for older adults to address their unique needs. The proposed study will adapt MAAT for older adults using feedback from key stakeholders (older adults with cancer and their caregivers), and subsequently test the ability of MAAT to improve or maintain cognition for older adults with breast cancer receiving adjuvant chemotherapy.


Cancer-related cognitive dysfunction (CRCD) is a significant problem, affecting up to 75% of patients receiving chemotherapy. Older adults are at greater risk of developing CRCD which can negatively affect their functional independence and quality of life. Memory and Attention Adaptation Training (MAAT) is a promising tool that improves perceived cognition in younger cancer survivors with CRCD. For older adults with cancer, MAAT could be delivered alongside chemotherapy to mitigate the development of CRCD (when risk is highest) and CRCD-related effects on functional independence for older adults. However, MAAT will require adaptation to meet the unique needs of older adults to optimize usability and efficacy for this population. The overarching goal of this project is to adapt MAAT for older adults using input from patient and caregiver stakeholders (phase I), and subsequently gather data on the preliminary effects of the adapted MAAT (MAAT-Geriatrics [G]) on perceived cognition, objective cognitive measures and functional independence. The provided details pertain to Phase I of the study, which will focus on the adaptation process. We will adapt and refine MAAT-G using feedback from key stakeholders through iterative testing of MAAT-G with 10 patient-caregiver dyads. The research plan combines the use of standardized quantitative measures of cognition and functional independence with semi-structured interviews (mixed methods), so that data from both can be integrated to optimize the adaptation and to gain a better understanding of MAAT-G's effects that are not fully captured by traditional quantitative measures alone.

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Cancer-related Problem/Condition




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University of Rochester

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