Culturally Appropriate Cancer Patient Navigator Pilot Program Helps American Indians/Alaska Natives Secure Diagnoses, CareFebruary 13, 2017
American Indians/Alaska Natives may face barriers to cancer diagnosis and care that can be overcome via cultural navigation services.
In a novel 2-year fellowship, senior college students serve as lay-navigators then continue on to work solutions to the challenges facing cancer patients.
Despite growing popularity of patient navigation (PN) in cancer care, few studies have evaluated the impact of PN on patient outcomes.
This study examined whether these factors were associated with delays in diagnostic resolution among patients with cancer screening abnormalities and the impact of patient navigation on these delays.
Use of patient navigators on general medical service was associated with shorter hospital stays and didn't affect readmissions, a recent study indicates.
A patient navigator program was successful in lowering the rate of missed appointments for cervical cancer evaluation following a Pap smear by twenty percent.
An increasing number of oncology/hematology treatments will consist of oral oncolytics, and oncology programs are needed to manage the treatment of patients following these regimens.
Navigation, much like a nurse's career, evolves from a novice role that follows a set guideline for tasks to an integral part of the continuum of cancer care.
DENVER, CO—Initial reactions to the 2012 Commission on Cancer (CoC) cancer program standards ranged from confused to frustrated to angry to baffled. But navigators have an arsenal of tools that can help them keep the cancer programs at their institutions in adherence to the CoC standards, according to a presentation at the 2015 Oncology Nurse Advisor Navigation Summit.
DENVER, CO—The key to the sustainability of a navigation program is effective use of quality benchmark measures, according to a presentation at the 2015 ONA Navigation Summit. Navigators have an in-depth knowledge of evidence-based care guidelines and a unique awareness of care barriers, and can readily identify process improvement opportunities.
This emerging role is leading nurses toward more comprehensive patient care, improved community outreach, and a stronger voice to advocate for patients.
The cost of nonbillable nursing hours needed for these programs may hinder compliance. The right technology can link treatment silos and lower this cost.
Molecular tests are poised to become a part of the treatment guidelines for prostate cancer. These tests provide information that extends beyond just identifying the type of cancer a patient has; they can also help narrow down treatment options to those that offer the best outcomes for patients.
Patients with positive screening test for colon cancer more likely to undergo recommended diagnostic colonoscopy if a nurse navigator contacted them.
As cancer care evolves toward anticipatory rather than reactionary care, oncology nurses should consider developing important new skills.
Frank dela Rama, a new member of the Oncology Nurse Advisor editorial board, talks about helping men with newly diagnosed prostate cancer learn about and prepare to cope with their disease.
A team of researchers from Boston University School of Medicine sought to determine the impact of patient navigators on the care of low-income and African-American women with breast cancer.
In order to meet new cancer program accreditation standards, institutions have placed new focus on patient navigation, psychosocial distress screening, and survivorship care plans.
The Cancer Patient Navigators of Georgia is a unique statewide organization of people serving people with all types of cancer, at all stages, in all types of settings, with a diversity of education and training and a shared mission.
An increasingly complex environment for cancer care and research highlights the need to streamline access to cancer information, especially clinical trials.
Optimum, risk-based survivorship health care is a provision of lifelong care that integrates cancer and survivorship experiences in survivors' overall health care needs.
Clinical pathways allow a gastrointestinal service to further refine the navigation process for patients with GI cancers.
Male patients with prostate cancer, and patients with other genitourinary cancers, need information on how their cancer and its treatment will affect their life.
Thoracic oncology navigation involves directing patients to resources, providing education about the disease, coordinating patient care, and more.
A team of clinicians proposed a virtual navigation system that would allow patients to follow the same pathway as clinic patients but without the formal clinic setting.
A team of nurses at Torrance Memorial Medical Center identified developed a collaborative approach aimed at improving the cancer patient experience at their community hospital.
A new cancer diagnosis encompasses multiple physician visits and procedures, and can produce overwhelming stress for all involved.
Nurses at a community cancer center in Minneapolis described the Celebration of Life Cancer Survivorship Evening Program they developed in a presentation at the 2014 NCONN Conference.
Ongoing efforts are being made to address the distress experienced by patients with cancer and new guidelines are now incorporating this care into standard practice.
The driving forces in the evolution of health care are the aging US population, an increasing cultural awareness of health and cancer, and recognition of patients as consumers.
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