Computerized programs for cancer survivors with cognitive problems: a systematic review

Yoonjung Kim, Sook Jung Kang

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Purpose: This study aimed to review and identify characteristics and lessons learned from studies on computerized cognitive interventions for cancer survivors (CSs) with cognitive dysfunction, exploring the content and results of interventions. Methods: Studies were collected from the CINAHL, Web of Science, PubMed, and PsycINFO databases. Results: Seven articles that met the inclusion criteria were included. Reviewed studies measured objective cognitive function, subjective cognitive function, and psychological aspects. Computerized interventions for CSs with cognitive decline were effective for executive function, memory, working memory, and speed of thought in the domain of objective cognitive function. Some subjective cognitive functions also showed significant improvement. Conclusions: Computerized cognitive interventions have a positive impact on objective, subjective, and psychological aspects of cognitive problems. Further research needs to include more men as well as different cancer types. Programs also should include more than one target domain. Future researchers need to develop mobile applications that can effectively use computerized cognitive interventions. Implications for Cancer Survivors: Results of this study should help provide optimal approaches to develop and apply effective computerized-cognitive-intervention programs. Health care providers need to be involved in these types of interventions and methods to encourage CSs to proactively practice cognitive-function training need to be developed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)911-920
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Cancer Survivorship
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2019

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  • Cancer survivors
  • Cognitive function
  • Computerized cognitive intervention
  • Systematic review


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