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Although we know that there are definitions of “patient navigation” that have become standardized, there continues to be the (attempted) implementation of navigation at some institutions that lack clarity and direction. When there isn’t a mission and clear goals for the navigation process, things rarely go as they should.
A recurring discussion among the attendees at the 2013 Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) Conference was “What are different navigators measuring?” This appears to be a daunting task for nurse navigators, and I would encourage you to review previous expert commentaries on the AONN+ website.
April 9, 2014 | Articles & Whitepapers
In 2012, a session from the Third Annual Navigation and Survivorship Conference, “Navigation in the Age of Personalized Cancer Care,” discussed the Choosing Wisely® campaign from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The 2012 “Top Five” practices that physicians would be discussing with patients regarding the use of appropriate treatment and avoiding care that is unnecessary or in which harm may outweigh benefits were reviewed.
March 13, 2014 | Articles & Whitepapers
The word is out, and the news isn’t good. By 2025, the need for cancer care is expected to increase 42% due to people living longer. Longer lives suggest an increased probability of life-threatening cancer diagnoses. Baby boomers are currently in midlife and will be an elderly population by 2025.
February 13, 2014 | Articles & Whitepapers
At Johns Hopkins, we have had a breast cancer survivor volunteer team for 16 years. At my request, the first 5 volunteers—surgeons and medical oncologists—were selected by our oncologists. I figured that if they picked them, they couldn’t fuss if that specific person did not work out well in a volunteer role, assuming they wanted to volunteer at all.
January 30, 2014 | Articles & Whitepapers
When someone has just heard in the last day or so that they have cancer, their life is in a tailspin. So when I ask a patient, “Before you heard that you had cancer, what were your life goals?” commonly the response is, “It doesn’t matter what they were. Just please save my life.” But it does matter, because we should be striving to incorporate those life goals into the patient’s treatment planning process.
January 30, 2014 | Articles & Whitepapers
I am currently writing my 14th book. This one is a textbook for oncologists with the goal (hope!) that we can collectively improve communication with patients with metastatic cancer. All too often the doctor continues to offer another treatment because that is what they have been taught in medical school—“treat the patient.”
January 14, 2014 | Articles & Whitepapers
As the New Year starts off, many people resolve to improve their life in one fashion or another. Usually the goal is diet-related to eat healthy and lose weight or to decrease a type of intake, such as caffeine or fat. We know that gyms are busy in January and attendance dwindles in February. The New Year is a time to set improvement plans.
January 14, 2014 | Articles & Whitepapers
Navigation is now being recognized as a professional category, with acknowledgment that different types of people fulfill various aspects of the navigation role.
January 14, 2014 | Articles & Whitepapers
In 2013, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a workshop summary, Leveraging Culture to Address Health Inequalities: Examples from Native Communities. I was struck by a number of things that are both timely and applicable to the unique challenges faced by the cancer community in America and to patient navigators in particular.
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