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A feasibility study of a holistic needs assessment questionnaire in a supportive and palliative care service using the Sheffield Profile for Assessment and Referral for Care (SPARC)

Lead investigators Nisar Ahmed, Philippa Hughes, Michelle Winslow, Peter Bath, Karen Collins and Bill Noble 
Funded by Macmillan Cancer Support
Amount £150,030
Dates 2010 - 2012

Aim 

The aim is to carry out a study with in-patients, out-patients and home care patients referred for supportive or palliative care to see if using the SPARC questionnaire improves care. The Sheffield Profile for Assessment and Referral for Care (SPARC) is a multidimensional screening tool which gives a profile of needs to identify patients who may benefit from additional supportive or palliative care, regardless of diagnosis or stage of disease. SPARC is intended for use by primary care, hospital teams or other services to improve patient management, either by current professional carers or by referral to a specialist team. The patient-rated 45 item tool reflects nine dimensions of need and as such represents a comprehensive early holistic needs assessment.

Impact 

To generate research publications, conference presentations at national and international events. In addition it is expected that we will disseminate the findings within wider community including target group and NHS stakeholders and academics.

Project team

Nisar Ahmed
Professor Karen Collins

Clients

Macmillan Cancer Support

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