Grants

"Our goal is to make MAAT training readily available so cancer survivors can get the help they need to cope with cognitive challenges. We want to help them get back to their regular lives as quickly as possible." Robert J. Ferguson, PhD, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Cancer Survivors with Cognitive Dysfunction: Using Technology to Train Clinicians and Monitor Real World Outcomes of Evidence-Based Treatment to Improve Care

Grant Application

Robert J. Ferguson, PhD, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute

Proposed Innovation

Advances in cancer therapy have helped more and more cancer survivors lead longer lives. But as their numbers have grown, it has become increasingly clear that some cancer survivors experience long-term cognitive effects relating to their treatment — a condition sometimes called “chemobrain.”

Memory and Attention Adaptation Training (MAAT) is a cognitive behavioral therapy program that helps cancer survivors with cognitive issues such as concentration, working memory, and processing. Through this innovative project, an online workshop conducted via videoconferencing will be used to train psychologists, nurses, and other professionals in MAAT. In addition, an online outcomes monitoring system will be developed to evaluate real-world effectiveness.

Improvements in Action

A previous MAAT workshop will be redesigned as a 3-hour online training program that can be delivered via online videoconferencing. The program, which will seek accreditation from various professional organizations, will offer continuing education units.

Intended Outcomes

A secure online questionnaire will be developed so patients undergoing MAAT therapy can report on their cognitive concerns prior to starting MAAT therapy and their progress over the course of treatment  and at a follow-up time point with their cancer professional. The online workshop is expected to provide a low-cost and effective method of training clinicians so that more cancer survivors can access the treatment they need.