Development of a Self-Management Intervention for Memory Changes Linked to Androgen Deprivation Therapy for Prostate Cancer

Marya Mobeen, Elizabeth A. Grunfeld, Katie Newby, Andrew Turner

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    Abstract

    Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) is a hormone treatment for prostate cancer and is linked to altered cognition, including memory changes, which can have detrimental effects on quality of life (QOL). The aim of this research was to develop an intervention to support men with memory changes associated with ADT. The Intervention Mapping framework guided intervention development through a series of rigorous steps. A self-management booklet called MEMORY MANager was developed, which incorporated education, self-assessment, compensatory strategies and techniques to improve mood. It was found to be an acceptable means of supporting men. This booklet could be valuable to healthcare professionals and patients as a means of improving QOL among men who undergo ADT. This is the first reported self-management intervention developed for managing cognitive changes in men who undergo ADT. Although preliminary, findings appear promising. More research is needed to evaluate effectiveness of the intervention and its implementation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3-20
    Number of pages18
    JournalIllness, Crisis & Loss
    Volume32
    Issue number1
    Early online date26 Jun 2022
    DOIs
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Jun 2022

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    Keywords

    • cancer
    • gender
    • health
    • nursing
    • qualitative data

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