Purpose of study: As women with lung cancer are particularly vulnerable to psychological distress and social isolation, which may be further exacerbated by current COVID-19 physical distancing precautions, we examined the feasibility and acceptability of a group-based telehealth psychosocial intervention for this understudied patient population. Methods: Women with a recent diagnosis (3 months) of non based telehealth psychosocial intervention for this understudied patient population. Methods: Women with a recent diagnosis (3 months) of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) currently undergoing treatment completed baseline measures of computer literacy and were randomized to a group-based telehealth psychosocial intervention consisting of ether coping skills or attention control (AC) psychoeducation. Both arms consisted of five, 60 min. telehealth (video conference over Zoom) sessions. Groups were comprised of 3–5 members and led by a masters-level clinician. Participants completed one “practice run” with technology prior to starting the group session. After the final session, patients rated overall experience of intervention delivery and telehealth platform. Results: Seventy patients (mean age = 66 yrs, 54% >65 yrs; 71% non-Hispanic White; 50% college educated; 75% advanced stage) consented (63% consent rate) and 65 were randomized to intervention or AC. At baseline, 47% of patients indicated daily computer use while 50% said they rarely or never use a computer. Attendance was high in both arms with 63% of patients attending all sessions (means: intervention = 3.18; AC = 3.56). Across arms, 89% preferred group delivery and 92% preferred online delivery. The majority used a smartphone or tablet to participate (72%). Regarding the Zoom platform, 71% said it was easy to use, 65% would recommend it to others, and 41% felt comfortable with it after one use. Only 44% thought that telehealth was the same as it would have been in-person. Conclusions: The present findings suggest the feasibility and acceptability of delivering a group-based psychosocial intervention via telehealth for middle to older aged women with NSCLC undergoing treatment, which may be particularly beneficial to address isolation during the current season of physical distancing.
The following are the 23 highest scoring abstracts of those submitted for presentation at the 45th Annual ASPO meeting held virtually March 29 – April 1, 2021.