Cancer Patient Navigator Tasks across the Cancer Care Continuum
Published Date:Feb 2012
Source:J Health Care Poor Underserved. 23(1):398-413.
Pubmed Central ID:PMC3302357
Funding:5U58DP001006/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
R24MD002811/MD/NIMHD NIH HHS/United States
U01 CA 114609/CA/NCI NIH HHS/United States
U01 CA114630-05S1/CA/NCI NIH HHS/United States
U01 CA114657/CA/NCI NIH HHS/United States
U01CA114629/CA/NCI NIH HHS/United States
U01CA114630-05S1/CA/NCI NIH HHS/United States
U54 CA153459/CA/NCI NIH HHS/United States
U54 MD007584/MD/NIMHD NIH HHS/United States
U54CA153499/CA/NCI NIH HHS/United States
Description:Cancer patient navigation (PN) programs have been shown to increase access to and utilization of cancer care for poor and underserved individuals. Despite mounting evidence of its value, cancer patient navigation is not universally understood or provided. We describe five PN programs and the range of tasks their navigators provide across the cancer care continuum (education and outreach, screening, diagnosis and staging, treatment, survivorship, and end-of-life). Tasks are organized by their potential to make cancer services understandable, available, accessible, affordable, appropriate, and accountable. Although navigators perform similar tasks across the five programs, their specific approaches reflect differences in community culture, context, program setting, and funding. Task lists can inform the development of programs, job descriptions, training, and evaluation. They also may be useful in the move to certify navigators and establish mechanisms for reimbursement for navigation services.
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