Identification and triage of patient and carer needs: a clinician-rated tool for the clinic or surgery

Miriam Johnson1

1University of Hull, Hull, UK



Cancer affects every aspect of a person's life and the lives of their family and friends from diagnosis through to living with advanced disease, dying and bereavement. The multi-disciplinary team across primary and secondary care is thus a vital cornerstone of management. However, in the busy clinic or GP surgery, it can be difficult to systematically assess, identify patient and carer needs, and ensure these needs are addressed by the appropriate team members.

This talk will outline the variation in cancer needs assessment and present the Needs Assessment Tool: Progressive Disease - Cancer (NAT:-PD) as a clinician-rated tool in daily practice. Such a tool could help i) standardise assessment and triage of patient and carer concerns by the oncology or primary care teams, ii) use limited services such as specialist palliative care in an appropriate and timely manner iii) identify basic supportive and palliative care training needs in the oncology and primary care teams and iv) identify service resource gaps.