A study looking at a new way to assess the needs of people with cancer

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 looking at a new tool to help GPs assess the needs of people with cancer. It is for people with any type of cancer.

More about this trial

People with cancer often have problems caused by their cancer and its treatment. For example, they can have:

  • physical problems
  • emotional and spiritual problems
  • social and financial problems

These problems can affect how well people cope with the cancer, and affect their quality of life Open a glossary item. So, it’s important that your GP knows about all the problems you might have.

This study is looking at a new tool to help GPs to find out about the problems (needs) that people with cancer and their carers Open a glossary item have. The new tool is called Needs Assessment Tool Progressive Disease Cancer (NAT:PD-C).

Researchers know from previous research that the NAT:PD-C tool can help cancer doctors to find out about the needs of people with cancer. But they want to see if it can also help GPs and practice nurses.

Who can enter

The following bullet points list the entry conditions for this study.

Talk to your doctor or the study team at your GP practice, if you are unsure about any of these. They will be able to advise you.

Who can take part
You may be able to join this study if you attend 1 of the following GP practices:

  • Haxby Group Practice in Hull
  • Hedon Group Practice in Hull or Hedon
  • James Alexander Family Practice in Hull
  • The Roxton Practice in North East Lincolnshire

All of the following must also apply. You:

  • have cancer
  • can speak and understand English
  • are at least 18 years old

Who can’t take part
You cannot join this study if any of these apply. You:

  • no longer have signs of the cancer (remission Open a glossary item)
  • have been diagnosed with cancer in the past month
  • are living in a care home or in a hospital
  • have a mental health condition (such as dementia) that the study team thinks could affect you taking part 

Trial design

This is a feasibility study. Researchers hope that between 40 to 60 people will take part.

You complete short questionnaires. They ask about how living with cancer affects you. The questionnaires take about 45 minutes to complete.

You then have an appointment with a GP who has had training in using the NAT:PD-C tool. During the appointment, the doctor assesses you and discusses any problems you might have. They will use the tool to guide this assessment.

You complete more questionnaires a month after the appointment and then after:

  • 3 months
  • 6 months

You can complete the questionnaires over the phone, or at home. A researcher can help you if you would like them to.

Researchers might ask you to choose a family member, or a friend that supports you at home and is not paid to do so (a carer), to take part. They will ask your carer to complete 2 questionnaires. It takes about 20 minutes each time.  

You don’t have to choose a carer if you don’t want to. You can still take part in this study.   

The study team might also ask to interview you. They want to find out what you think about the study.

You don’t have to agree to have an interview with a member of the study team if you don’t want to. You can still part in this study.

Hospital visits

You see the GP in your usual GP practice. The doctor can also visit you at home if this is more convenient.

You can complete the questionnaires over the phone. The study team can also send the questionnaires to your home with a pre paid envelope.

Side effects

You might find some of the questions upsetting. You can talk to your GP, practice nurse or study team if this happens. They will be able to give you support.

Recruitment start:

Recruitment end:

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Chief Investigator

Professor Miriam Johnson

Supported by

Yorkshire cancer research
The Hull York Medical School (HYMS)
University of Hull

Freephone 0808 800 4040

Last review date

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

Over 60,000 cancer patients enrolled on clinical trials in the UK last year.

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