Developing a person-centred approach to carer assessment and support

Gail Ewing, Lynn Austin, Janet Diffin, Gunn Grande

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Community nurses play an important role in providing palliative care and support for patients and carers at home. The Carer Support Needs Assessment Tool (CSNAT) provides practitioners with an evidence-based comprehensive tool to use with carers in palliative home care. As a practice tool, the CSNAT uses a person-centred approach-that is, the process of carer assessment and support is facilitated by practitioners but is carerled. In this paper, the CSNAT research team provides an overview of the development of the tool and the benefits for both carers and practitioners arising from using the CSNAT as a person-centred approach in practice. The authors outline the five stages of the CSNAT approach to assist practitioners wishing to implement the CSNAT in practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)580-4
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Journal of Community Nursing
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Caregivers
  • Community Health Nursing
  • Female
  • Home Nursing
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Needs Assessment
  • Nurse's Role
  • Palliative Care
  • Patient-Centered Care
  • Psychometrics
  • Social Support
  • Terminal Care
  • United Kingdom
  • Case Reports
  • Journal Article

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