Background: There exists no instrument specifically designed to measure comprehensively the needs of older people with mental disorders. Aim: To develop such an instrument which would take account of patients', staff and careers' views on needs. Method: Following an extensive development process, the assessment instrument was subjected to a test-retest and interrater reliability study, while aspects of validity were addressed both during development and with data provided by sites in the UK, Sweden and the USA. It has good content, construct and consensual validity. It also demonstrates appropriate criterion validity.
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The CANE Camberwell assessment of need for the Elderly is a tool developed for both clinical and research use in order to assess and quantify the needs of elderly subjects, mostly those suffering from psychiatric morbidity. The need for such a tool is great. Already in Murrell et al. Am J Community Psychol published an examination of the concurrent criterion-based validity of different measures used in a statewide inhome need assessment survey of a representative sample of older persons in the U.
However, very few studies have been published since. Reynolds and colleagues have attempted to fill the gap and published their effort in the Br J Psychiatry Following an extensive development process, the CANE was subjected to validity and reliability studies.
The CANE comprises 24 items plus two items for carer needs , and records staff, carer and patient views. The psychometric properties of the CANE are highly acceptable. It was easy to use by a wide range of professionals without focused training. The researchers concluded that: " the CANE is feasible to use in primary care and can identify perceived needs not previously known about by health professionals. An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page.
Camberwell Assessment of Need for the Elderly (CANE)
CANE: Camberwell Assessment of need for the Elderly