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In addition to visiting other institutions that have established navigation programs, Lillie explains that AONN+ is an excellent resource for establishing navigation programs.
Lillie discusses the disadvantages for institutions that are not Commission on Cancer accredited, including difficulties drawing newly diagnosed consumers and referring physicians to the practice.
Though it's no small task, Lillie explains that achieving the Commission on Cancer Accreditation is important and offers the benefit of becoming an NCI-designated cancer center. This is something savvy consumers are looking for when seeking cancer care.
Lillie Shockney suggests that one of the best ways for navigators to access resources for their patients is by looking to options available in their community.
Barbara Francks stresses the importance of creating active alliances with the support services that are available within the community.
According to Barbara Francks, what was once an underestimated issue among cancer patients, psychosocial needs are now being recognized and addressed.
As healthcare has become complex, where there used to be multiple resources and funding, there are gaps. As navigators, we need to reach out and get to know the local community.
Danelle Johnston discusses the challenges of meeting the psychosocial needs of patients with limited resources.
Time, transportation, finances, and child care are just a few of the barriers Danelle Johnston feels overwhelm patients. Utilizing the community and creating partnerships with them can help eliminate some of these barriers.
Lillie Shockney affirms the importance of building strong relationships with the community in an effort to connect with those resources that are available to both patients and their caregivers. There may be resources available that we don't even realize exist, so we need to expand our reach.
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