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neuropsychiatrie 4/2017

Development of a clinical version of the Carers’ Needs Assessment for Schizophrenia

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Univ.-Prof. Dr. Johannes Wancata, Fabian Friedrich, Annemarie Unger, Rebecca Jahn



Based on the research version of the Carers’ Needs Assessment for Schizophrenia (CNA-S) a shortened clinical version was developed for routine assessment of interventions needed by the caregivers of schizophrenia patients in everyday clinical work.


The development of this questionnaire (including a manual explaining its use) was based on results from earlier studies and suggestions from Austrian researchers involved in previous studies using the research version. Based on discussions with researchers the questionnaire and the manual were improved step by step. A clinical test version was investigated for feasibility and practicability in two waves of 15 caregivers of schizophrenia patients each.


More than 90% of caregivers perceived the clinical version of the CNA-S as a useful instrument to assess all relevant aspects of caregivers’ needs and problems. They reported feeling well during the interview for the CNA-S. Clinicians using the clinical version of the CNA-S reported similar views.


These results suggest that the clinical version of the CNA-S is both feasible and practicable in everyday clinical work.

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