Holistic Needs Assessments

A holistic needs assessment will be undertaken at different stages in the cancer patients pathway, particularly at diagnosis and following treatment.

This is a process of gathering and discussing information in order to develop an understanding of what the person living with and beyond cancer knows, understands and needs. 

This holistic assessment is focused on the whole person; their entire well-being is discussed:

  • physical
  • emotional
  • spiritual
  • mental
  • social
  • environmental. 

The process culminates when the assessment results are used to inform an individualised care plan. This is usually undertaken in partnership between the patient and Clinical Nurse Specialist.

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