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Patient Navigation Research Program

 In 2007, the Women’s Health Unit was a part of a nine-site National Cancer Institute Patient Navigation Research Program to clearly define patient navigation and test the effectiveness of the intervention. The Patient Navigation Research Program defined patient navigation, designed and implemented a generalized patient navigation program, and evaluated the process and outcomes of this program in diverse settings. The findings of the program provided data to draw evidence-based conclusions to determine best practice models and provided a model of how to refine and expand the patient navigation model for other communities and diseases. 

Battaglia TA, Darnell JS, Ko N, Snyder F, Paskett ED, Wells KJ, Whitley EM, Griggs JJ, Karnard A, Young H, Warren-Mears V, Simon MA, Calhoun E. The impact of patient navigation on the delivery of diagnostic breast cancer care in the National Patient Navigation Research Program: a prospective meta-analysis. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2016 Aug; 158(3):523-34. doi: 10.1007/s10549-016-3887-8. PMID: 27432417

Paskett ED, Dudley D, Young GS, Bernardo BM, Wells KJ, Calhoun EA, Fiscella K, Patierno SR, Warren-Mears V, and Battaglia TAImpact of Patient Navigation Interventions on Timely Diagnostic Follow Up for Abnormal Cervical Screening. Journal of Women’s Health, Vol. 25, No. 1, January 2016: 15-21.

Ramachandran A, Snyder FR, Katz ML, Darnell JS, Dudley DJ, Patierno SR, Sanders MR, Valverde PA, Simon MA, Warren-Mears V, Battaglia TABarriers to health care contribute to delays in follow-up among women with abnormal cancer screening: Data from the Patient Navigation Research Program. Cancer. 2015 Nov 15; 121(22):4016-24. PMID: 26385420.