The Carer Support Needs Assessment Tool (CSNAT) for Use in Palliative and End-of-life Care at Home: A Validation Study

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Ewing et al (2013) developed a brief evidence-based Carer Support Needs Assessment Tool (CSNAT) suitable for everyday practice.


They identified that family and carers need to be supported in their central role of caring for patients at the end of life, but brief practical tools to assess their support needs have been missing. They suggest that, the CSNAT has good face, content, and criterion validity and the domains comprehensively covered carer support needs. They concluded that the CSNAT is a valid tool for the direct measurement of carers’ support needs. It combines comprehensiveness of content with feasibility of administration and has utility both as a research tool and a tool for everyday palliative care practice.