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Patient Navigation Concept

Patient Navigation is an intervention that addresses barriers to quality standard care by providing individualized assistance to patients, survivors, and families. The NCI is conducting several research programs to test the effectiveness of this approach.

The expected outcomes of patient navigation through the cancer care system include:

  • Timely, definitive diagnosis following an abnormal test.
  • Timely treatment following positive diagnosis.
  • Patient satisfaction with the diagnostic and care system experience.

Effects of these programs may help to improve access to quality, standard cancer care and could contribute to substantial progress towards the Healthy People 2010 goal of eliminating cancer health disparities.

Updated: 07/23/09