The Carer Support Needs Assessment Tool (CSNAT)
The CSNAT is an evidence-based tool that facilitates tailored support for family members and friends (carers) of adults with life-limiting conditions. The research underpinning this tool was informed by carers and practitioners.
It comprises 14 domains (broad topic areas) in which carers commonly say they require support. Carers may use this tool to indicate further support they need in relation to enabling them to care for someone at home, as well as support for their own health and well-being within their caregiving role.
It is short and simple to use for both carers and practitioners.
What does the CSNAT look like?
The CSNAT uses a simple question and answer format to ask family carers which areas they need more support with. The ‘visibility’ of common areas of support provided by the tool has been found to be helpful for carers. They can indicate whether or not they need more support in relation to each domain.
For use in practice, the CSNAT has been integrated into a five-stage person-centred process of assessment and support that is practitioner-facilitated but carer led. We refer to this as the ‘The CSNAT Approach’.
What is The CSNAT Approach?
The CSNAT Approach is a five-stage person-centred process of assessment and support which begins when carers are introduced to the CSNAT. Carers then use the CSNAT to indicate the domains in which they need more support and then prioritise those most important to them at that moment in time.
An assessment conversation then takes place between the carer and practitioner which enables the carer to express their individual support needs. Together, the carer and practitioner agree on what further supportive input would be valuable and create a shared action plan. A shared review of the carers’ support needs can then be carried out at another point in time.
Can I use the CSNAT in my practice?
Yes – but as the CSNAT is copyright, organisations are required to get a licence to use the tool. Completion of CSNAT training is also required. The CSNAT tool and online training are available free of charge for use by healthcare professionals in non-commercial organisations.
Can I use the CSNAT in my research?
Yes – but you must get a licence to use the tool in your research project. The CSNAT is available free of charge for use by researchers in non-commercial organisations.
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