Objectives: Providing optimal support for carers of people with advanced cancer is critical to facilitating discharge home from hospital. Carer Support Needs Assessment Tool–Intervention (CSNAT-I) has shown promise in supporting carers' needs in this context. This study aimed to explore patient and carers experiences with and views on the acceptability of the CSNAT-I delivered by occupational therapists in an acute oncology setting. Methods: People with advanced cancer and their carers who had previously received the CSNAT-I as part of usual care while admitted to an Australian specialist cancer centre or acute hospital were invited to participate in interviews exploring their perceptions of the intervention. Data were analysed thematically. Results: Two patients and 10 carers participated in semi-structured interviews. Three themes were constructed from the data: Carers viewed the CSNAT-I as comprehensive process that (1) ‘covered everything’ related to discharge planning; (2) generated an ‘increased awareness of needs’ for themselves, patients, and clinicians; and (3) triggered an emotional response of feeling ‘wrapped up in care’ that was maintained as they moved from hospital to home. Conclusion: This study has demonstrated that the CSNAT-I was highly acceptable to carers as part of existing discharge processes supporting them through the transition from hospital to home and can be delivered by occupational therapists and other clinicians with a natural synergy to discharge planning. These findings will inform further development and testing of the delivery model of the CSNAT-I in future trials.
- occupational therapy
- transitional care