Articles & White Papers

National Evidence-Based Oncology Navigation Metrics: Multisite Exploratory Study to Demonstrate Value and Sustainability of Navigation Programs

The AONN+ Standardized Metrics Task Force collaborated with Oncology Solutions, LLC, to develop the NAVmetrics cloud-based IT platform powered by Oncology Solutions’ ONC iQ® business intelligence tool for navigators to utilize for data capture, management, and reporting of navigation metrics. The study aim is to validate the Standardized Evidence-Based Oncology Navigation Metrics.

Publications and Research

The AONN+ Evidence into Practice Committee would like to extend thanks to all who responded to our recent survey in order to glean members’ knowledge and comfort level in quality, outcomes, performance improvement, and research projects that can be considered research in the broad sense of the word.

Step by Step: The Four Cs of Research

New to quality improvement and research and want to know how to begin? The AONN+ Mentorship Workgroup of the Evidence into Practice Committee have made it simple for you.

Continuum of Care and Care Transitions: A Combined Conclusion from Novice and Seasoned Navigators

The role of the navigator along the continuum of care is bidimensional in nature with a patient-centered (empowerment with education and knowledge) and health system (multidisciplinary) orientation to deliver timely, seamless care. Within the multidisciplinary team, the navigator works as an advocate, care provider, educator, counselor, and facilitator to ensure that every patient receives comprehensive, timely, and quality healthcare services.

Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators Announces Standardized Navigation Metrics

AONN+ is proud to announce the release of its white paper, Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators Announces Standardized Navigation Metrics. The white paper addresses the history of navigation, the motivation for creating the standardized metrics, and how it is going to be applied.

Getting Metrics-Focused Navigation Practices in Place

The Navigation Metrics Team met recently to discuss the development of evidenced-based metrics within navigation related to the various components of care with the goal of rolling out these metrics and making them available so that every program can utilize them.

Continuum of Care and Care Transitions

The scope of navigation has evolved from the Freeman model of community outreach and prevention to spanning the entire continuum of care for oncology patients. Navigators help individuals overcome barriers to care and navigate through the screening/diagnostic, treatment, survivorship, and end-of-life care continuum.

Novice Navigator: A Case Study on the Complexities of Care Coordination

The case study for this discussion highlights the complexities of care coordination when patients arrive unprepared physically or mentally for the recommended medical treatments as determined by guidelines. It also shows how navigators can assemble needed care team players to efficiently guide the patient through prehabilitation and preparation for medical treatment.

Seasoned Navigator: A Case Study on Care Transitions in Genomic Testing and Timely Treatment Decision-Making

Along with the diagnosis of breast cancer comes many decisions regarding treatment options. Oncotype DX, a genomic/gene expression assay, provides quantitative assessment of chemotherapy benefit and risk of distant recurrence in early-stage estrogen receptor–positive (ER+), HER2/neu-negative breast cancer to assist in developing individualized treatment plans.

Community Outreach and Prevention

In 1990, Harold P. Freeman, MD, noticed that African American women in the Harlem community had a higher incidence of breast cancer mortality.