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Ohio Patient Navigator Research Program (OPNRP)

  • PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR:

    Electra Paskett, Ph.D., M.P.H.

  • INSTITUTION:

    The Ohio State University Research Foundation Comprehensive Cancer Center

  • POPULATION SERVED:

    Underserved

Project Description

The Ohio Patient Navigator Research Program (OPNRP) at the Ohio State University Research Foundation Comprehensive Cancer Center will be developed and evaluated to facilitate timely access to quality, standard cancer care for persons diagnosed with breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer in a culturally appropriate manner. OPNRP will take place in three large urban cities in Ohio (Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati) and target minority, poor, and elderly populations. This project represents a partnership between cancer centers, primary care networks, and community partners (Ohio ACS Division and Ohio Commission on Minority Health) within Ohio.

OPNRP aims to (1) review baseline rates, barriers, and strategies to overcome barriers to receiving timely diagnostic and treatment services; (2) partner with a consortium of institutions in Ohio, including The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and James Cancer Hospital, Case Western Reserve Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Cincinnati Cancer Center, respective primary care networks, and community partners; (3) implement and evaluate the patient navigator program in 36 clinics/health centers using a randomized group; (4) conduct a process evaluation to assess the barriers to the implementation of the intervention program; (5) conduct a cost-effectiveness evaluation of the program; and (6) assess the impact of the program on community-level indicators.