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Nurse Navigators’ Views on Patient and System Factors Associated with Navigation Needs among Women with Breast Cancer

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Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS B3H 1V7, Canada
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Department of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS B3H 2Y9, Canada
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Curr. Oncol. 2021, 28(3), 2107-2114; https://doi.org/10.3390/curroncol28030195
Received: 15 April 2021 / Revised: 19 May 2021 / Accepted: 2 June 2021 / Published: 5 June 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Psychosocial Oncology)
Coordinating breast cancer treatment is a complex task that can overwhelm patients and their support networks. Though the Cancer Patient Navigator (CPN) program in Nova Scotia (NS) provides professional assistance to patients, certain groups of patients may still face barriers to accessing its services. Employing interviews and a modified Delphi approach with CPN participants, this study sought to identify factors associated with the need for navigation to help better target CPN program referrals among breast cancer patients. Six CPNs were recruited directly through the CPN program manager for interviews and surveys. The CPNs identified 27 different factors, which were divided into 4 categories: sociodemographic, psychological, clinical and health systems. While these patient factors (particularly sociodemographic) are not directly modifiable, awareness of their association with the need for navigation could be used to better target patients with a high need for navigation for referral to CPN services. View Full-Text
Keywords: patient navigation; breast cancer; psychosocial oncology; nursing patient navigation; breast cancer; psychosocial oncology; nursing
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Miller, S.D.; Urquhart, R.; Kephart, G.; Asada, Y.; Younis, T. Nurse Navigators’ Views on Patient and System Factors Associated with Navigation Needs among Women with Breast Cancer. Curr. Oncol. 2021, 28, 2107-2114. https://doi.org/10.3390/curroncol28030195

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Miller SD, Urquhart R, Kephart G, Asada Y, Younis T. Nurse Navigators’ Views on Patient and System Factors Associated with Navigation Needs among Women with Breast Cancer. Current Oncology. 2021; 28(3):2107-2114. https://doi.org/10.3390/curroncol28030195

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Miller, Sally D.; Urquhart, Robin; Kephart, George; Asada, Yukiko; Younis, Tallal. 2021. "Nurse Navigators’ Views on Patient and System Factors Associated with Navigation Needs among Women with Breast Cancer" Curr. Oncol. 28, no. 3: 2107-2114. https://doi.org/10.3390/curroncol28030195

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