Barriers to Care

When non-English Speaking patients seek medical care, interpreters can play an important role in facilitating an accurate exchange of information.
As the cost of cancer care continues to rise, it’s not just the patients’ finances that are affected. Recent research has linked high out-of-pocket costs to nonadherence and early discontinuation of treatment.
The authors present their findings from a study aiming to determine the relationships of anxiety, social desirability, and demographics with group cohesion within a group intervention for African American breast cancer survivors.
Jean Sellers, RN, MSN, Clinical Administrative Director, University of North Carolina (UNC) Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, Chapel Hill, and her team use volunteer lay navigators who are trained to be mindful of the cultural barriers to care that exist in their patient population.
The role of the registered nurse patient navigator at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) is to educate and support people diagnosed with cancer through the continuum of care. The care provided by the navigator begins at diagnosis and continues through to survivorship.
When facing one of the most difficult challenges of their lives, many cancer patients and their families also have to deal with overwhelming barriers to care. Having a navigator to identify and remove those barriers can provide patients with the care they need and help to eliminate some of their burden.

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