The role of the patient navigator continues to evolve in tandem with the healthcare landscape’s emphasis on patient-centered, efficient, coordinated care.
In May 2018, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) published proceedings from a workshop held November 13-14, 2017, focused on improving the effectiveness of patient navigation in cancer care. Establishing Effective Patient Navigation Programs in Oncology addressed where patient navigation programs should be deployed in cancer care and which patients should be prioritized to receive navigation services when resources are limited. The workshop also discussed who should serve as navigators, the benefits of navigation, and current gaps in the evidence base. Access the proceedings.
Below are ACCC member-driven resources to help implement, assess, and expand patient navigation services.
The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) is partnering with the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) and the LUNGevity Foundation on a vital initiative to identify and provide guidance on key issues related to delivering optimal care for patients diagnosed with stages III or IV non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) across different practice settings.
As a first step in this effort, we conducted a survey to better understand the barriers and operational challenges in providing care for this patient population. Survey questions addressed diagnosis, treatment, care coordination, and communication within the interdisciplinary team caring for patients with late-stage NSCLC.
Survey findings will help to inform the development of educational programs and resources to improve the diagnosis and management of patients with stages III and IV NSCLC. Results will be reported at an aggregate level to ensure confidentiality and anonymity.