Supporting family carers to enable patient discharge from hospital in advanced disease (end of life):a qualitative study with carers and professionals to adapt evidence-based carer assessment to acute care settings
Discharge from hospital inpatient care at end of life relies heavily on family carers. An existing assessment tool, the Carer Support Needs Assessment Tool (CSNAT), may improve carers’ support.
a) Investigate the support required by carers at patient discharge;
b) Investigate how the CSNAT translates to the acute care setting and pathway.
Using the results
Four workshops will bring carers together with hospital and community staff to:
• discuss preliminary findings;
• assist in the adaptation of CSNAT for acute care;
• assist in the development of a protocol for integration into the acute care discharge pathway.
In addition to general dissemination, the researchers aim to test the amended CSNAT and protocol in a future project as recommended by the MRC Framework for Evaluation of Complex Interventions.