Review collection - Needs assessment 

41 reviews


Kardosod A, Needham J, Coyne E. The experiences and needs of metastatic spinal cancer family caregivers at home: a systematic review. Support Care Cancer. 2023 Apr 29;31(5):310. doi: 10.1007/s00520-023-07777-5.

Xie Z, Ding J, Jiao J, Tang S, Huang C. Screening instruments for early identification of unmet palliative care needs: A systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2023 Dec 28:spcare-2023-004465.

Zhishan X, Jinfeng D, Jingjing J, Siyuan T, Chongmei H. Screening instruments for early identification of unmet palliative care needs: A systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2023:spcare-2023-004465.


Lintott L, Beringer R, Do A, Daudt H. A rapid review of end-of-life needs in the LGBTQ+ community and recommendations for clinicians. Palliat Med. 2022 Feb 17:2692163221078475. doi: 10.1177/02692163221078475. Epub ahead of print.


Grant M, de Graaf E, Teunissen S. A systematic review of classifications systems to determine complexity of patient care needs in palliative care. Palliat Med. 2021 Apr;35(4):636-650. doi: 10.1177/0269216321996983. Epub 2021 Mar 12.

Rimmer B, Crowe L, Todd A, Sharp L. Assessing unmet needs in advanced cancer patients: a systematic review of the development, content, and quality of available instruments. J Cancer Surviv. 2021 Aug 6. doi: 10.1007/s11764-021-01088-6. Epub ahead of print.


Ament SM, Couwenberg IM, Boyne JJ, Kleijnen J, Stoffers HE, van den Beuken MH, Engels Y, Bellersen L, Janssen DJ. Tools to help healthcare professionals recognize palliative care needs in patients with advanced heart failure: A systematic review. Palliat Med. 2020 Oct 15:269216320963941. doi: 10.1177/0269216320963941. Epub ahead of print.

ElMokhallalati Y, Bradley SH, Chapman E, Ziegler L, Murtagh FE, Johnson MJ, Bennett MI. Identification of patients with potential palliative care needs: A systematic review of screening tools in primary care. Palliat Med. 2020 Jun 7:269216320929552. doi: 10.1177/0269216320929552. Epub ahead of print.

Flemming K, Turner V, Bolsher S, Hulme B, McHugh E, Watt I. The experiences of, and need for, palliative care for people with motor neurone disease and their informal caregivers: A qualitative systematic review. Palliat Med. 2020 Apr 14:269216320908775. doi: 10.1177/0269216320908775. Epub ahead of print.

Fu H, Teleni L, Crichton M, Chan RJ. Supportive care and unmet needs in patients with melanoma: a mixed-methods systematic review. Support Care Cancer. 2020 Apr 27. doi: 10.1007/s00520-020-05464-3. Epub ahead of print.

Kipfer S, Pihet S. Reliability, validity and relevance of needs assessment instruments for informal dementia caregivers: a psychometric systematic review. JBI Database System Rev Implement Rep. 2019 Nov 20. doi: 10.11124/JBISRIR-2017-003976. Epub ahead of print.

Micklewright K, Farquhar M. Does the carer support needs assessment tool cover the established support needs of carers of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease? A systematic literature search and narrative review. Palliat Med. 2020 Jul 16:269216320939243. doi: 10.1177/0269216320939243. Epub ahead of print.

Ogletree AM, Mangrum R, Harris Y, Gifford DR, Barry R, Bergofsky L, Perfetto D. Omissions of Care in Nursing Home Settings: A Narrative Review. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2020 May;21(5):604-614.e6. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2020.02.016. Epub 2020 Apr 9.

Poppe C, Koné I, Iseli LM, Schweikert K, Elger BS, Wangmo T. Differentiating needs of informal caregivers of individuals with ALS across the caregiving course: a systematic review. Amyotroph Lateral Scler Frontotemporal Degener. 2020 Jul 13:1-23. doi: 10.1080/21678421.2020.1771735. Epub ahead of print.

Remawi BN, Gadoud A, Murphy IMJ, Preston N. Palliative care needs-assessment and measurement tools used in patients with heart failure: a systematic mixed-studies review with narrative synthesis. Heart Fail Rev. 2020 Aug 3. doi: 10.1007/s10741-020-10011-7. Epub ahead of print.

Schmidt EB, Blum D, Domeisen Benedetti F, Schlögl M, Strasser F. Tools for guiding interventions to address patient-perceived multidimensional unmet healthcare needs in palliative care: systematic literature review. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2020 Nov 11:bmjspcare-2020-002495. doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2020-002495. Epub ahead of print.

Sutherland AE, Stickland J, Wee B. Can video consultations replace face-to-face interviews? Palliative medicine and the Covid-19 pandemic: rapid review. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2020 May 26:bmjspcare-2020-002326. doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2020-002326. Epub ahead of print.


Bahraini S, Gifford W, Graham ID, Wazni L, Brémault-Phillips S, Hackbusch R, Demers C, Egan M. The accuracy of measures in screening adults for spiritual suffering in health care settings: a systematic review. Palliat Support Care. 2019 Aug 7:1-14. doi: 10.1017/S1478951519000506. [Epub ahead of print]

Becqué YN, Rietjens JAC, van Driel AG, van der Heide A, Witkamp E. Nursing interventions to support family caregivers in end-of-life care at home: A systematic narrative review. Int J Nurs Stud. 2019 Apr 23;97:28-39. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2019.04.011. [Epub ahead of print]

Johnston L, Young J, Campbell K. The implementation and impact of Holistic Needs Assessments for people affected by cancer: A systematic review and thematic synthesis of the literature. Eur J Cancer Care (Engl). 2019 May;28(3):e13087. doi: 10.1111/ecc.13087. Epub 2019 May 14.

Stow D, Spiers G, Matthews FE, Hanratty B. What is the evidence that people with frailty have needs for palliative care at the end of life? A systematic review and narrative synthesis. Palliat Med. 2019 Feb 18:269216319828650. doi: 10.1177/0269216319828650. [Epub ahead of print]

Tian L, Cao X, Feng X. Evaluation of psychometric properties of needs assessment tools in cancer patients: A systematic literature review. PLoS One. 2019 Jan 8;14(1):e0210242. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0210242. eCollection 2019.


Afseth J, Neubeck L, Karatzias T, Grant R. Holistic needs assessment in brain cancer patients: A systematic review of available tools. Eur J Cancer Care (Engl). 2018 Oct 26:e12931. doi: 10.1111/ecc.12931. [Epub ahead of print]

Peng JK, Hepgul N, Higginson IJ, Gao W. Symptom prevalence and quality of life of patients with end-stage liver disease: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Palliat Med. 2018 Oct 22:269216318807051. doi: 10.1177/0269216318807051. [Epub ahead of print]

Strand LI, Gundrosen KF, Lein RK, Laekeman M, Lobbezoo F, Defrin R, Husebo BS. Body movements as pain indicators in older people with cognitive impairment: A systematic review. Eur J Pain. 2018 Nov 19. doi: 10.1002/ejp.1344. [Epub ahead of print]

Wang T, Molassiotis A, Chung BPM, Tan JY. Unmet care needs of advanced cancer patients and their informal caregivers: a systematic review. BMC Palliat Care. 2018 Jul 23;17(1):96. doi: 10.1186/s12904-018-0346-9.


Oh J, Kim JA. Supportive care needs of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/motor neuron disease and their caregivers: A scoping review. J Clin Nurs. 2017 Dec;26(23-24):4129-4152. doi: 10.1111/jocn.13945. Epub 2017 Aug 31.


Doherty LC, Fitzsimons D, McIlfatrick SJ. Carers' needs in advanced heart failure: A systematic narrative review. Eur J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2016 Jun;15(4):203-12. doi: Epub 2015 Apr 28.

Moghaddam N, Coxon H, Nabarro S, Hardy B, Cox K. Unmet care needs in people living with advanced cancer: a systematic review. Support Care Cancer. 2016 Aug;24(8):3609-22. doi: 10.1007/s00520-016-3221-3. Epub 2016 Apr 30.


Williams-Reade J, Lamson AL, Knight SM, White MB, Ballard SM, Desai PP. Paediatric palliative care: a review of needs, obstacles and the future. J Nurs Manag. 2015 Jan;23(1):4-14. Epub 2013 Aug 14.


Ventura AD, Burney S, Brooker J, Fletcher J, Ricciardelli L. Home-based palliative care: a systematic literature review of the self-reported unmet needs of patients and carers. Palliat Med. 2014 May;28(5):391-402. Epub 2013 Nov 29.


Howell D, Mayo S, Currie S, Jones G, Boyle M, Hack T, Green E, Hoffman L, Collacutt V, McLeod D, Simpson J. Psychosocial health care needs assessment of adult cancer patients: a consensus-based guideline. Support Care Cancer. 2012 Dec;20(12):3343-54. Epub 2012 May 13.

Puts MT, Papoutsis A, Springall E, Tourangeau AE. A systematic review of unmet needs of newly diagnosed older cancer patients undergoing active cancer treatment.Support Care Cancer. 2012 Jul;20(7):1377-94. Epub 2012 Apr 4.


Brown JP, Tracy JK. Lesbians and cancer: an overlooked health disparity. Cancer Causes Control. 2008 Dec;19(10):1009-20. Epub 2008 Jun 13.


Higginson IJ, Hart S, Koffman J, Selman L, Harding R. Needs assessments in palliative care: an appraisal of definitions and approaches used. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2007 May;33(5):500-5.

Richardson A, Medina J, Brown V, Sitzia J. Patients' needs assessment in cancer care: a review of assessment tools. Support Care Cancer. 2007 Oct;15(10):1125-44. Epub 2007 Jan 19.


Harding R, Easterbrook P, Higginson IJ, Karus D, Raveis VH, Marconi K. Access and equity in HIV/AIDS palliative care: a review of the evidence and responses. Palliat Med. 2005 Apr;19(3):251-8.


Hughes PM, Ingleton MC, Noble B, Clark D. Providing cancer and palliative care in rural areas: a review of patient and carer needs. J Palliat Care. 2004 Spring;20(1):44-9.


Luddington L, Cox S, Higginson I, Livesley B. The need for palliative care for patients with non-cancer diseases: a review of the evidence. Int J Palliat Nurs. 2001 May;7(5):221-6.


Franks PJ, Salisbury C, Bosanquet N, Wilkinson EK, Lorentzon M, Kite S, Naysmith A, Higginson IJ. The level of need for palliative care: a systematic review of the literature. Palliat Med. 2000 Mar;14(2):93-104.

Osse B, Vernooij-Dassen M, de Vree B, Schade E, Grol RP. Assessment of the need for palliative care as perceived by individual cancer patients and their families: a review of instruments for improving patient participation in palliative care. Cancer. 2000 Feb 15;88(4):900-11.

Last updated 05 February 2024