Dear Navigators, Social Workers, Administrators, and Clinical Staff,
In these pages, we are proud to present the research abstracts submitted by your peers to the 11th AONN+ Annual Navigation & Survivorship Conference. By sharing research findings with each other, we add to the growing body of navigation literature and learn strategies to improve our practice of oncology navigation. I hope the presentation of these abstracts provides food for thought in your own navigation practice.
More so, in reviewing the research presented in this issue, I hope you are inspired to conduct a research study of your own. When you have an idea to improve navigation practices, that idea deserves to be the subject of a study. In taking the time to execute a well-designed study and publishing the results, you have the potential to improve patient outcomes and the patient experience not only at your institution, but on a grand scale.
Perhaps your center has a unique process that can be studied and shared with our navigation community? Maybe you have implemented one of the AONN+ metrics and can report the results? Perhaps you will find inspiration for a study when attending our virtual conference this month? Whatever the topic, we are here to help you. Our Assistance for Quality Improvement and Research (AQUIRE) Committee is ready to provide mentorship to AONN+ members in areas of quality, process improvement, metrics, and reporting. Feel free to visit us at AONNonline.org for more information.
In completing a study, it is important to share your findings in a reputable, peer-reviewed forum like JONS and at our Academy’s annual conference. In doing so, you will impact your peers, advance the field of navigation, as well as facilitate your own personal professional development.
Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, HON-ONN-CG
University Distinguished Service Professor of Breast Cancer; Professor of Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Co-Developer
of Work Stride: Managing Cancer at Work, Johns Hopkins Healthcare Solutions; Co-Founder of AONN+.