Development of the palliative care needs assessment tool (PC-NAT) for use by multi-disciplinary health professionals

Waller, A., Girgis, A., Currow, D., Lecathelinais, C., Johnson, C., Mitchell, G., Kristjanson, L., Yates, P., Kelly, B., Tattersall, M., & Sibbritt, D. (2008) Development of the palliative care needs assessment tool (PC-NAT) for use by multi-disciplinary health professionals. Palliative Medicine, 22(8), pp. 956-964.

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Needs assessment strategies can facilitate prioritisation of resources. To develop a needs assessment tool for use with advanced cancer patients and caregivers, to prompt early intervation. A convenience sample of 103 health professionals viewed three videotaped consultations involving a simulated patient, his/her caregiver and a health professional, completed the Palliative Care Needs Assessment Tool (PC-NAT) and provided feedback on clarity, content and acceptability of the PC-NAT. Face and content validity, acceptability and feasibility of the PC-NAT were confirmed. Kappa scores indicated adequate inter-rater reliability for the majority of domains; the patient spirituality domain and the caregiver physical and family and relationship domains had low reliability. The PC-NAT can be used by health professionals with a range of clinical expertise to identify individuals' needs, thereby enabling early intervention. Further psychometric testing and an evaluation to assess the impact of the systematic use of the PC-NAT on quality of life, unmet needs and service utilisation of patients and caregivers are underway.

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ID Code: 61852
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1177/0269216308098797
ISSN: 0269-2163
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Deposited On: 15 Aug 2013 23:38
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2013 23:29

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