A study comparing different ways of supporting people with cancer in the community

Please note - this trial is no longer recruiting patients. We hope to add results when they are available.

Cancer type:

All cancer types





This study is comparing a holistic needs assessment with the usual care people with cancer receive in the community.

Holistic needs assessment is a way of caring that asks you to think about any concerns you may have. These could be practical, physical, social, emotional or spiritual concerns. After identifying any concerns, you can talk to a health care professional who will offer any support, guidance or information as needed.

We know from earlier research that people at cancer clinics value having the opportunity of talking about their concerns and problems.

The researchers want to compare the holistic needs assessment with the routine care people have when they are receiving palliative care Open a glossary item in the community for their cancer.

The aim is to find out if the holistic needs assessment can improve the quality of care for people receiving palliative care in the community.

Who can enter

You may be able to join this study if all of the following apply. You

  • Are receiving palliative care Open a glossary item in the community from either the Strathcarron Hospice or Ayrshire Hospice in Scotland
  • Have any type of cancer
  • Are at least 18 years old

You cannot join this study if any of these apply

  • You cannot speak English
  • Your medical team think it isn’t appropriate

Trial design

This study needs 128 people to join.

It is a randomised study. Your hospice nurse will be put into 1 of 2 groups. Neither you nor your nurse will be able to decide which group you are in. The groups are

  • Nurses who deliver the holistic needs assessment
  • Nurses who carry out their routine care as usual

11895 Trial Diagram

If your hospice nurse is in the holistic needs assessment group, you fill in a short form called a concerns checklist. If you like, your nurse can help you with filling it in. After handing the form back to your nurse, they will talk to you about anything you may have marked on it.

You can leave the form blank if it doesn’t apply to you or if you don’t want to talk about it at that moment.

If your hospice nurse is in the routine care group, the appointment will be as usual.

In both groups the nurse will audio record the conversation during the appointment. This is so the researchers can find out if the type of care you receive affects what you talk about.

At the end of each visit, your nurse will give you a short questionnaire to fill in. This is to find out how you felt about the care you had received. It will take about 5 to 10 minutes to do and the nurse will pick it up at the next visit.

Hospital visits

There are no hospital visits if you take part in this study.

Side effects

There are no side effects if you take part in this study.

Recruitment start:

Recruitment end:

How to join a clinical trial

Please note: In order to join a trial you will need to discuss it with your doctor, unless otherwise specified.

Please note - unless we state otherwise in the summary, you need to talk to your doctor about joining a trial.

Chief Investigator

Dr Austyn Snowden

Supported by

Macmillan Cancer Support
NIHR Clinical Research Network: Cancer
University of the West of Scotland (UWS)

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Last review date

CRUK internal database number:

Oracle 11895

Please note - unless we state otherwise in the summary, you need to talk to your doctor about joining a trial.

Around 1 in 5 people take part in clinical trials

3 phases of trials

Around 1 in 5 people diagnosed with cancer in the UK take part in a clinical trial.

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