Published online by Cambridge University Press: 27 March 2020
The Camberwell Assessment of Need Short Appraisal (CANSAS), 2nd edition, is a short (single page) summary of the needs of a mental health service user.
CANSAS can be used in clinical settings because it is short enough to be used for review purposes on a routine basis. It can be used for teaching, e.g. as part of pre-qualification or post-qualification training of mental health workers to support their development of skills in assessing the health and social needs of service users. Finally, it can be used as an outcome measure in research studies. CANSAS is the CAN version that is most commonly used in research studies, especially when a number of assessment schedules are being used.