Efficacy of Patient Navigation in Cancer Treatment: A Systematic Review

March 2017 Vol 8, No 3

Introduction: Patient navigation (PN) assists patients with financial, social, and health-related barriers to care by providing a personal escort to alleviate obstacles to achieve timely treatment. Herein we analyze the underexamined literature assessing PN efficacy for cancer patients undergoing treatment.

Method: This review was conducted for all English language_published, peer-reviewed medical articles on PN for cancer from 1946 to 2014. Electronic databases included PubMed, Scopus, CINAHL, EMBASE, Ovid MEDLINE, and the Cochrane Review.

Results: This systematic review yielded 15 relevant articles. Patients underwent breast, gynecologic, lung, colorectal, and prostate cancer treatment. Of the participating patients, 26% were Hispanic (SD

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