3229.1 Patient Navigation to Address Cancer Health Disparities: Preliminary Results of the Cancer Navigator Research Program (organized jointly by the Cancer Forum and Medical Care)

Monday, November 8, 2010: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
The Patient Navigation Research Program (PNRC) was initiated by NCI in 2006 to evaluate the impact of patient navigation on time to resolution of abnormal cancer screening and time to initiation of treatment following a breast, colorectal, cervix, or prostate cancer diagnosis. Individual sessions will present evaluation data for specific patient navigation programs. The Denver Patient Navigation Program investigated the efficacy of patient navigation for patients resolving abnormal screening tests or completing cancer treatments in relation to barriers of financial concerns, transportation, making medical appointments, and feeling overwhelmed. The Moffitt Cancer Center Patient Navigation Research Program describes patient perspectives on how patient navigators address barriers encountered in the health care system and informational barriers among patients experiencing a screening abnormality or diagnosis of breast or colorectal cancer. The Chicago Cancer Navigation Project presents findings from a study that investigated the efficacy of patient navigation for overcoming barriers to the timely receipt of healthcare services. The Boston University School of Public Health describes an observational study of patient navigators working with patients being screened for breast, cervical, colorectal, and prostate cancer in 8 sites of the PNRC, in which they classified four dimensions and patterns of navigation activities. The Boston Patient Navigation Research Program examines findings from a study of racial/ethnic concordance between patients and navigators, and its association with identification of barriers to follow-up care for abnormal breast cancer screening.
Session Objectives: 1. Identify the services that patient navigators provide to improve timely treatment and care for cancer patients. 2. Discuss the role of patient navigators in reducing cancer health disparities among racial/ethnic minorities and individuals of lower socioeconomic status.

Reducing barriers to care through patient navigation
Patricia Valverde, MPH, William Thorland, PhD, Elizabeth Whitley, RN, PHD and Peter Raich, MD, FACP
Patients' Perspectives on Cancer Patient Navigation: A Qualitative Study of Patients Enrolled in the Moffitt Cancer Center Patient Navigation Research Program
Kristen Wells, PhD, MPH, Gwendolyn Quinn, PhD, Cathy D. Meade, PhD RN, Mariana Arevalo, Maisha Kambon, MPH, Ercilia Calcano, MPH and Richard G. Roetzheim, MD, MSPH
Patient Navigators are reducing cancer disparities: Evidence from Chicago
Julia Shklovskaya, MPPA, Julie Darnell, MHSA, PhD and Elizabeth Calhoun, PhD
Describing what navigators do for patients: Patterns of task and network actions performed by navigators to facilitate cancer care
Jack Clark, PhD, Victoria Parker, DBA, Jenniffer Leyson, MA, Caroline K. Logan, MPH, Karen Freund, MD, MPH and Tracy Battaglia, MD, MPH
Racial/ethnic concordance between patients and patient navigators in identification of barriers to care
M. Christina Santana, MPH, Karen Freund, MD, MPH, Sharon M. Bak, MPH, Kristine Beaver, MPH, Stephen Evans, MPH and Tracy Battaglia, MD, MPH

See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.

Organized by: Medical Care
Endorsed by: Caucus on Public Health and the Faith Community, Social Work, Cancer Forum

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)

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