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Improving the care of cancer patients: holistic needs assessment

Young, Jenny; Cund, Audrey; Renshaw, Marian; Quigley, Angela; Snowden, Austyn


Jenny Young

Audrey Cund

Marian Renshaw

Angela Quigley


This discussion paper presents a review of holistic needs assessments (HNAs) in the care of patients with cancer. HNAs entail a structured review of patient needs as articulated by the patient. This discussion then leads to a care plan grounded in issues pertinent to that patient. Despite policy guidance advocating its use, there are barriers to overcome in order to integrate HNAs into routine care. This article discusses what role communication skills and clinician confidence may have on the use of HNAs in practice, and suggests a strategy to support HNAs becoming the norm.


Young, J., Cund, A., Renshaw, M., Quigley, A., & Snowden, A. (2015). Improving the care of cancer patients: holistic needs assessment. British Journal of Nursing, 24(Sup4), S17-S20.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 1, 2014
Online Publication Date Feb 27, 2015
Publication Date 2015-02
Deposit Date Aug 13, 2015
Print ISSN 0966-0461
Electronic ISSN 2052-2819
Publisher Mark Allen Healthcare
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Issue Sup4
Pages S17-S20
Keywords Needs assessment, Organisational culture, Quality of life, Communication, Confidence, Patient-centred care
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