Family carers face substantial demands when supporting people with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) (Aoun et al., 2013). Timely support from healthcare professionals is crucial to enable carers to fulfil their caregiving role and to look after their own wellbeing. The CSNAT intervention is an evidence-based approach for person-centred assessment and support. This project aimed to adapt the CSNAT intervention to the context of MND care, and test its implementation within specialist MND services.
Stage 1 involved interviews and focus groups with carers (n=33) to explore carers’ support needs at key stages of the patient’s illness; stage 2 involved workshops with carers (n=19) and practitioners (n=22) to adapt the content of CSNAT intervention and its delivery within MND care. Stage 3 involved implementation of the adapted CSNAT-MND in three specialist MND services, and interviews with practitioners (n=6) and carers (n=6) exploring their experiences of the intervention.
Content of CSNAT-MND included an additional domain on support with relationships. Intervention implementation adapted to (1) legitimise assessment of carer support needs as part of routine care in MND by practitioners, (2) deliver of a stand-alone introduction stage of the CSNAT-MND intervention and (3) provide a dedicated assessment and planning conversation at a subsequent contact. This basic model was then suited to fit the working practices of three different MND services. This project provides insights into how carers of people with MND want to be assessed and supported, how this process can be delivered, and the feasibility of implementing the CSNAT-MND in routine practice.
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