Holistic needs assessment: Rationale and practical implementation
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Holistic needs assessment: Rationale and practical implementation

Natalie Doyle Nurse consultant, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London
Richard Henry Lecturer in cancer nursing, Queen’s University Belfast

Natalie Doyle and Richard Henry consider why it is important to identify all the needs of people surviving cancer and which practitioners should do it

Many people are living with or beyond a cancer diagnosis in the UK. The vision of the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative is that they are supported to live as healthy and as active a life as possible for as long as possible. To realise this vision, a recovery package has been developed, a component of which is holistic needs assessment (HNA) and care planning. This article presents the background and rationale for HNA and offers some practical suggestions for implementation in the current health climate.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 13, 5, 16-21. doi: 10.7748/cnp.13.5.16.e1099



Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 16 April 2014

Accepted: 16 May 2014