Establishing a Successful Navigation Program

Support from leadership is imperative for creation, continuation, and expansion of patient navigation.

As a navigation leader, you may want to start an oncology nurse navigation program, but you may not be sure where to start. Who do you talk to first? What message do you convey?

A female patient in her forties was diagnosed with a recurrence of leukemia. She was struggling through several issues as a single mother of 4 children, 2 of whom were disabled, before she found out about her cancer returning.

Effective implementation of patient navigation programs can be complex and daunting. Navigation is a foundational component in developing world-class cancer centers of excellence. Navigators ensure patients are compliant with their treatment plan by removing barriers, educating them, providing care coordination, and becoming a constant point of contact.

Patient navigation is an intervention that can help increase treatment adherence and improve health outcomes for cancer patients. Cancer patients and their caregivers often experience barriers to timely, high-quality cancer treatment.


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