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

Cancer type:

All cancer types





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

More about this trial

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

Summary of results

This study never finished as the team were not able to recruit enough people to take part. So there will be no results available. 

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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)

If you have questions about the trial please contact our cancer information nurses

Freephone 0808 800 4040

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.

Cara took part in a clinical trial

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"I am glad that taking part in a trial might help others on their own cancer journey.”

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