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Integrating lay navigation programs into cancer care is a challenge

Key clinical point: Lay navigation programs layered on top of clinical care can be a challenge.

Major finding: Two-thirds of concerns expressed had clinical elements, raising concerns about the role of navigators.

Study details: Researchers collected information from EHRs regarding navigator contact; reviewed phone calls between navigators and patients; observational sessions with navigators were held; and interviews were conducted with nurses, administrators, social workers, and physicians.

Disclosures: The research was supported by a gift from an anonymous donor to Stanford Health Care. The authors had no relevant financial disclosures.


Holdsworth L et al. J Oncol Pract, 2019 Nov. 6. doi: 10.1200/JOP.19.00339.