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Oncology patient navigation: Bringing this crucial role to the forefront

from Oncology Nurse Advisor

From Jan. 21: The founding of patient navigation is commonly attributed to Harold P. Freeman, MD, and his concerns of health care disparities, in particular, correlations between poverty, culture, social injustice, and disease outcomes. In 1990, Freeman created the first navigation program in Harlem, New York, which consisted of outreach community education and access to free mammography screening for low-income women paired with trained navigators who assisted women in traversing the health care system, eliminating barriers to care, and thereby improving the timeliness of care between abnormal finding, diagnostic resolution, and treatment initiation. more

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