Improving the care of cancer patients: holistic needs assessment

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

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S17-20
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2015


  • Cancer
  • Holistic
  • Needs Assessment


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