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Occupational therapy practitioners are qualified to address the emergence of functional deficits from cancer-related cognitive impairments (CRCI); however, they have reported a need to address gaps in their knowledge of CRCI. The purpose of this study was to comprehensively design, disseminate and examine the impact of implementing a face-to-face continuing education seminar designed to enhance occupational therapy practitioners’ knowledge of CRCI in adults and older adults. After completing a needs assessment and designing the seminar, the seminar was piloted with occupational therapy students (n = 64) where student feedback guided modifications to the seminar’s content, design and evaluation. The final CRCI seminar was presented at 15 facilities throughout the continuum of care with 130 occupational therapy practitioners. Participants’ CRCI knowledge increased significantly after the seminar (Z = -9.623, p performance (96%, n = 123) and perceived patient outcomes (94%, n = 119) in the future. The seminar was both an effective method for increasing practitioners’ short-term CRCI knowledge and a well-received method of dissemination.


Sara Ulfers, OTD, OTR/L is an occupational therapist in adult acute inpatient rehabilitation at UnityPoint Health-Des Moines at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. She received her occupational therapy doctorate (OTD) from Washington University in St. Louis in 2017.

Christine Berg, PhD, OTR/L is an associate professor in the Program of Occupational Therapy at Washington University in St. Louis.

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