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Overview of PNRP

NCI is addressing unequal patterns of access to standard care through the multi-site PNRP. This research focuses on developing and testing Patient Navigation interventions. The Program encompasses four cancers with great disparity in screening and follow-up: breast, cervical, prostate, and colorectal. PNRP grantees will conduct formal qualitative and quantitative program evaluation to measure efficacy and cost-effectiveness.

The PNRP's goal is to develop and test interventions to reduce time to delivery of quality, standard cancer care (non-cancer resolution or cancer diagnosis and treatment) after identification of an abnormal finding. Although anyone may benefit from Patient Navigation services, the primary participants for this research program are populations experiencing cancer health disparities. These encompass racial/ethnic minorities, individuals with lower socioeconomic status, and residents of rural areas.

Updated: 07/22/09