Barriers to Care

Working with Uber, Lyft, and nonemergency medical transportation providers, one navigator set out to decrease no-shows and cancellations but accomplished much more.
Do you recognize the barriers to care that women of racial minorities face? There may be more than you realize.
As the Director for Corporate Oncology Navigation at Ballad Health, Zilipah Cruz believes that the 2018 AONN+ Annual Conference helped her understand the needs of the oncology navigators at her institution. While oncology navigators help remove the barriers that keep patients from getting the appropriate treatment, administrators like her help remove the barriers that oncology navigators face.
When non-English Speaking patients seek medical care, interpreters can play an important role in facilitating an accurate exchange of information.
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.
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.
Jean Sellers, RN, MSN, discusses her team’s use of lay navigators who are trained to be mindful of the cultural barriers to care that exist in their patient population. “I use an iceberg to reflect the metaphor for culture, what we see is so small compared to the heart and soul of what the person is made up of.”
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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