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2022 Aug 05

Comput Inform Nurs

Cancer Survivors’ Perspectives of Virtual Yoga for Chronic Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy Pain During the COVID-19 Pandemic.


Knoerl R, Bockhoff J, Fox E, Giobbie-Hurder A, Berry DL, Berfield J, Meyerhardt J, Wright A, Ligibel J
Comput Inform Nurs. 2022 Aug 05.
PMID: 35930413.


With the rise in telehealth due to the COVID-19 pandemic, further research is needed to determine how to optimize virtual delivery of existing integrative oncology interventions for cancer treatment-related symptoms. The purpose of this qualitative analysis was to explore cancer survivors' perspectives of the acceptability and satisfaction of an 8-week, virtual yoga intervention for cancer survivors with chronic chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy pain. Fourteen participants with chronic chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy pain who completed the virtual yoga intervention were interviewed using a semistructured interview guide. Themes were derived from the data using inductive content analysis methods. Main findings from the interviews included the following: (1) participants were willing to try new nonpharmacological treatments for chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy due to the high symptom burden and prior lack of success with medications; (2) participants highly rated the flexibility offered by the virtual format, but desired the social support potentially offered by practicing in-person yoga; and (3) the impact of virtual yoga on chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy severity was unclear. There were several barriers to participants' use of virtual yoga for chronic chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy pain (eg, technology, lack of space/equipment). The results may be used to improve the design and delivery of future trials testing virtual yoga for chronic chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy pain.