Tuesday 29th September 2015
Mac Voice, the magazine for Macmillan professionals: Autumn 2015
A recent evaluation revealed more than half (54%) of patients who used the electronic holistic needs assessment said it helped them discuss concerns with their healthcare team. 
The Ipsos MORI evaluation also found one in three people (36%) felt more confident discussing sensitive personal issues after using the electronic holistic needs assessment (eHNA).
The analysis from almost 4,000 care plans based on eHNAs highlighted that 25% of people with cancer struggle to manage the emotional impact of the disease, with many facing sleep problems, nightmares, fear and anxiety as a result of diagnosis. 
Helping people share their concerns
Ashley, 44, says,
‘I didn’t realise how much of an emotional impact my diagnosis would have on me and my relationship. I felt like I was sinking under the water. My relationship with my wife suffered and we slowly moved further and further apart as we buried our fears. It was only when we reached out to Macmillan that they offered us psychological support. It really helped bring us back together.’
It is vital that we adapt in order to address these needs and provide appropriate support. Macmillan would like to see the holistic needs assessment fully rolled out in each country of the UK, either in paper or electronic form. We are also trialling a version enabling people to complete the assessment within their home, giving everyone a greater chance of sharing their concerns and ensuring all their needs are met.
Order your HNA supply
Applications to use the eHNA will be open to new sites by the summer of 2016. Evidence from the Ipsos MORI evaluation shows teams wishing to adopt the electronic tool find it easier to start with the paper format. To order a free assessment and care planning folder containing triplicate pads for the assessment and the care plan, please log in to be.Macmillan.
1. Ipsos Mori for Macmillan Cancer Support. Evaluation of the Electronic Holistic Needs Assessment (eHNA). 2015.
2. Kuczkowska K, Watson A, & Brittle A. Using eHNA data to explore cancer needs. 2015.